3×3 Global Drills being run in an undergraduate political science course, Global Politics/International Relations, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Spring 2012.

Continued human existence has always been vulnerable to natural forces, including but not limited to supervolcanoes (from within Earth), pandemics of disease (across Earth) and potentially hazardous asteroids and comets on Earth-crossing orbits (beyond Earth).

Small teams can prototype synergistic global responses with the aid of a specially-designed worksheet that integrates three disciplinary perspectives – 1) Cosmic, 2) Individual/Societal and 3) Environmental, with three geographic perspectives – those of the 1) Asia-Pacific, 2) the Americas and 3) Africa-Europe. (Contact Martin Schwab, Inventor, 3×3 Global Drills above for a free PDF version of this worksheet.)

The drills process optimizes the traditional Case and Harkness methods of inquiry through pan-disciplinary collaboration. Serendipity by design as part of this process can enable six people or less at a time to generate new ideas while alternating teams of six observe different approaches to global mega-threats from their own, each in 45-minute periods of deliberation. Experimentation with the 3×3 Global Drills process is encouraged by organizations worldwide.

The operating principle for 3×3 Global Drills is reflective intensity, as found in war room settings but antithetical to war itself. It is suggested that drills participants in an organizational context can learn from their mistakes through 15-minute debriefings, followed by individual writing of nine-part strategies. The content and number of drills can be customized based on size and complexity of organizations.

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