Special MUN Topic: It’s more than serious in Syria!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Current Events, MUN Debate Topics | 31 comments

Special MUN Topic:  It’s more than serious in Syria!

The situation in Syria is deteriorating more and more every day. A civil war for control of the Syrian government has continued now for 16 months with no sign of relief any time soon. With a daily death rate approximately 10 times that of the war in Afghanistan many observers feel that intervention is long overdue. Attempts have been made by the United Nations to mitigate the chaos and bloodshed present in Syria but these efforts have had little impact on the current state of the conflict. Kofi Anan, former Secretary General of the United Nations, has been sent to mediate this dispute but has garnered little success. Neither the current government nor the rebels are willing to put stock in any plan to end the war anytime soon. To complicate matters further the Russian Federation, a long time ally of Syria dating back to the Cold War, has effectively used its veto power to stop any UN sanctions that could slow the pace of the war. These acts have given President Bashar Assad, the current leader, the freedom to crush the rebellion with excessive force. Despite these handicaps, however, the tide may be turning in the rebels favor. A recent bombing of the 14-man Nation Security Council successfully killed several key members of Syrian government including relatives of Assad. This type of action would have never been possible without inside assistance from members of the government loyal to Assad. The success of this bombing will only encourage the rebels, demonstrating that the Assad government is weakening and that peace negotiations may not be necessary in the long term. Does the United Nations have an obligation to protect the Syrian people from the horrors associated with this Civil War or should they respect the national sovereignty of Syria to rule over its people and maintain its current government? How would you argue if you were representing Syria? Have you recently been in a Security Council simulation where this topic has come up? Tell us about...

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Our video to tell Oprah “Thank You…”

Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, Our Website | 513 comments

Our video to tell Oprah “Thank You…”

Why Model UN Education (MUN-E) is so important! When our book was nearly finished, we found out that Oprah made a visit to the conference we were competing at… Usually we have to explain “Model UN” to every single person who asks about it. Here was an incredibly influential person who pushes for promoting better lifestyles, wellness strategies, emotional communication… etc! She even started the South African Leadership Academy for Women. I’d say she’s slightly dedicated. Here’s our letter! Hello Oprah Winfrey, I’m writing because I recently learned that you are sending your students from the Leadership Academy for Women to Model UN conferences in the United States. I had the courtesy of seeing you attend Cornell University’s high school Model UN Conference (CMUNC) to witness the participation of your young women. I am deeply thankful and inspired that you’ve taken notice of this activity for young students. This activity is occurring internationally and advances the idea of productive collaboration on the premise of global participation and leadership. I believe in this ideal, too. My co-author and I wrote a book for Model UN participants and we’ve shared the skills in this book with the Model UN group that we advise who participated in the competition against your students from South Africa. I’d like to share this book with you and your students. We have included 15 of my books in the physical package I’m sending you… and we’d like you to share it with your Academy if you approve and think that the book has value. I also made a video with a student that you complimented. At the aforementioned conference you told him that because I wanted him to share what he finds amazing about Model UN and the practical social skills involved. I ask only that you continue to push this global activity from an educational standpoint. Please promote Model UN in some way. “Social Studies” no longer works as effectively as it used to and our kids need your help to be prepared for our future the way that you witnessed in those students at Cornell. I’ll also be sending you a package (when I find the right address… lol) of the 15 books I wanted to donate to your Leadership Academy. Please look out for them!! Thank you SOooo much. Sincerely, Eugene J. Geis Our video TO YOU Our website Our twitter Our...

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Just made a video!!!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2012 in Friends of MUN-E, Our Website, Updates | 27 comments

Just made a video!!!

So, Oprah Winfrey visited Cornell in March… and the purpose was to witness her South African Leadership Academy for Girls in action. She also happened to give one of the most remarkable compliments that I’ve ever heard of… She told a student of ours that he “gave her hope for the future.” Well, our Model UN delegate, Gabe Sturziou, was quite amazed at her reaction. So we wanted to thank her and send her some of our books… ya know? Just in case her South African School could used them. Since she showed up once… maybe she’ll show up on the circuit again!! We’ll post the video in a few...

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The Axis of Excellence!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, Lessons, Social Skills | 16 comments

On a day of pure inspiration, we came up with this beautiful three dimensional relationship! We call it:  Yes… THIS IS THE MAIN IDEA!!!  IT’S SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE!!  (Sometimes called “Human Engineering.”) The Success Spectrum is the fountain from which all GAVELS spring. Use the brief descriptions above as an introduction to the raw power of Social Intelligence in the Model UNiverse. Please note that our axes are defined by “Social Intelligence” and “Academic Intelligence.” Let’s take a look at Academic Intelligence first. Academic Intelligence is what people call “book smarts.” You know the smartest kid in your math or science class? Well that kid is probably really good at doing her homework, understanding the teacher, and doing multiplication in her head. But is she “cool?” Academic Intelligence is not specific to any subject… it’s pretty much what we all think of as “smart.” We know you know this already: “smarts” do not win you as many friends as “coolness.” And in Model UN, you need to have something we’ll call smart coolness. This is called Social Intelligence. Social intelligence is an entirely different beast than its academic brother. Our Success Spectrum is more heavily weighted by Social Intelligence because in the classroom, in business, in Model UN, and in life… Social Intelligence is a little more important than the other ones. This book starts with techniques for learning social intelligence. Take another look up at our pretty little graph. The color green represents about a 25% probability of winning awards. Pink is a virtual guarantee. If you have very average academic intelligence, social intelligence makes you a competitor. Get ready for your first lesson in Social Intelligence! Features of the Graph We have separated the graph into four quadrants. Each quadrant represents a ‘type’ of Model UN delegate that can improve their performance in one way or another. We’ll start with a description of Quadrant 1. Quadrant 1: The reason it is labeled with a ONE is because the type of delegate who fits into this category is typically a loner. They do not spend a lot of time with other delegates and it is difficult for them to have a good, fun conversation. Speaking with these delegates isn’t very easy. They don’t seem like good leaders, and they are difficult to ‘read.’ The weird thing is that most of these delegates are academically intelligent, which means that social skills can turn them into immediate winners. These delegates have great potential to become true diplomats. Quadrant 2: This quadrant is labeled TWO because these delegates are very effective when paired with delegates from different areas of the graph. Individually, they are poor Model UN delegates but they are excellent social engineers. Other delegates will describe them as dynamic, friendly, attractive, and persuasive. Unfortunately, they are usually low on substance. If you are a part of Quadrant 2 please don’t think that MUN is hopeless. On the contrary, MUN is a place where Superior Social Intelligence can disguise how little a delegate truly knows. The most socially intelligent delegates can be so “personable” and socially adept that they are able to convince an entire room to follow them. There are a multitude of “historical demagogues” you can research. On our Axis of Excellence, there is a little green sliver of “winning-ness” that can be seen along the line of Superior Social Intelligence. This is the proof that CHARISMA (we talk about that in...

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Inside the Book…

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, Lessons, Social Skills | 8 comments

Inside the Book…

We’ve structured this book to include every detail that is necessary to succeed at Model UN while keeping an eye on the SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE of the strongest leaders in politics as well as business.  Social Intelligence can be learned and it is our goal to make that your specialty. When learning social intelligence, it is best to start practicing immediately, and MUN-E gets you started immediately!! We’ll give you a rundown of all of the chapter of the book because we want you to know what you’re investing in. If you’d like to buy a copy, click on any of the chapters below! Ch. 1  Ch. 2  Ch. 3  Ch. 4  Ch. 5  Ch. 6  Ch. 7  Ch. 8  Ch. 9  Ch. 10  App.  BUY IT! CHAPTER 1: Mantra of MUN The first chapter is a quick description of the logistical goals of Model UN; it is entitled the “Mantra.” Most of you know these details already but for the noobs, aka “the newbies,” the United Nations is an organization built upon an IDEAL (and a “mantra” is a repeated phrase that is to aid in meditation). In reality, the ultimate goals of the United Nations require profound belief and consistent focus upon the ideals of peace, welfare, and stability. No matter how you approach your role as a delegate, those core values must radiate from your presence and oration (even when you act evil). Just remember your mantra, your goal. Then hurry on to the next chapter to start chomping on the real meat of the most powerful MUN delegates. CHAPTER 2: Attitude of Winning This chapter begins your descent into the depths of social intelligence and the core qualities used to build a magnetic and effective character. Charisma, confidence, and their effects on personal interactions are demonstrated in this section. We also point out another crucial piece that ties these character traits into a true, effective leader: the goal-oriented mindset. No matter how ambitious you are, if you have no goals you have no path to success. If you’re going to read further and you are really going to dedicate yourself to becoming an effective leader, you need to practice every day. Simple habits can make the difference. For example, you can get a small journal and start writing some goals for yourself. Start simple. Write a few changes that you hope this book will help you achieve.  CHAPTER 3: Teflon Smooth “Teflon Smooth” is a metaphor for the really slick people that seem to always slip right below the radar. In other words, it refers to the delegates with Superior Social Intelligence. It sounds sneaky (and there’s some truth to that observation) but it more closely resembles a set of traits that make someone “cool.” Yes, there are traits; well-defined traits actually. This chapter defines the basic skills that you need to develop including body language, vocal techniques, and rapport. Your ability to master these three techniques and gauge your audience will catapult your effectiveness as a delegate. I can’t stress this chapter enough. CHAPTER 4: The Cast of Characters Now that we’ve outlined the type of personality that you need to create for yourself, we’re going to show you the types of personalities that you’re going to encounter on your little adventure into the MUNiverse. The compendium included in this chapter provides brief character sketches of various delegates. Use this section...

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