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

Preventing human extinction by allowing citizens, academic institutions, governments and corporations to prototype synergistic power.

Humans have always been vulnerable to natural forces from within, across and beyond Earth, including but not limited to supervolcanoes, pandemics of disease and potentially hazardous asteroids on Earth-crossing orbits. 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, Founder, 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 and adaptation of the 3×3 Global Drills process are encouraged by individuals and organizations.

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. Individuals using 3×3 Global Drills as outlined here can be more flexible in terms of time.

More background information can be found on the Main Idea and Drills webpages above.