What’s your SIQ?

Posted by on Apr 13, 2014 in Blog, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Social Skills | Comments Off on What’s your SIQ?

What’s your SIQ?

If you haven’t heard of “Social Intelligence”, you’re behind the ball… and a few good reads or youtube videos about it is a must! On the @StanfordBiz twitter feed, you can scroll through the topics… and you’ll notice how many are related to personal confidence, public speaking, emotional control, reflection, etc. This is STANFORD BUSINESS SCHOOL! There are actually less articles about the economic details of world markets (e.g. globalization of the raw materials market, the transpacific parternship, and the Keystone pipeline) than articles about Social Intelligence topics! Tweets by @StanfordBiz So what’s your SIQ? It’s your social intelligence quotient. It’s like an IQ for social skills. Harvard offers you a small online quiz that you can check out here all about reading the emotions through the eyes. Another business mogul created a social intelligence quiz for you to rate yourself here. Here is another emotional intelligence test, which is closely related to Social Intelligence. Why is this skill important? Well, you must establish a “connection” with someone if you’re ever going to find out how they really feel about a topic or their opinion about a situation. The word describing this “connection” is RAPPORT. If you have the goal of forming a bloc or establishing an alliance, well then you NEED rapport (Here’s an article on Rapport if you’ve never heard of it. Or you can get our book since we teach you how to establish and maintain rapport!). If you want to change someone’s mind or influence their opinion, you’ll never succeed without rapport. And you’ll never know that you’re in rapport if you don’t know anything about social intelligence. We call it MUN-E (pronounced MONEY), because it’s the most valuable skill we can teach....

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ANTI-P5 Policy & Debate

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blog, Lessons, ModelUN, MUN, MUN Debate Topics, MUN-E, Uncategorized | Comments Off on ANTI-P5 Policy & Debate

ANTI-P5 Policy & Debate

Gearing up for the BIG conferences? HMUN? ILMUNC? NAIMUN!!!? If you didn’t get a P5 country, do you feel like you’re already losing? Well, in today’s world of instant information and detailed historical events, the P5 countries may have a weaker position than ever before. YOU have to be the one to call out these major players on their historical failures! It’s the MODEL UN, not the REAL UN, so there are no real consequences to calling the Russians liars, or calling the Americans arrogant. We have seen small countries like Bolivia completely upend the position of the United States by citing the corporate privatization schemes the Americans push in small countries around the world (Bolivia almost had its entire Water Supply privatized at the end of 1990’s). Sometimes you have to be clever about your position. You have to use emotion and diplomatic “outrage” at the policies of the big boys in order to cement your benevolent resolutions! Remember, in the UN, there are only a handful of “big guns” while there are more than 100 small nations who would rather support a non-P5 with a strong voice, instead of the typical powerhouse high schools who always get China or Russia. You have to be clever at how your argue against the powerful. We’re going to run down a spin of the P5 (UK, US, RF, China, & France) and show you some gaps that can be exploited for political gain! These are useful in both crisis and large committee… and they’ve been proven to work. Let’s start with the original P1, the British! The United Kingdom Why did we call the U.K. the original P1? Well, one look at this map should tell you why. The Royalty of Great Britain have reigned over most of the world. In all countries that are now “independent,” the UK still maintains corporate economic power as well as military power through key investments and allied military bases. Just because these territories are no longer called “territories” does not imply that they are sovereign, independent states. For example, the borders that were drawn around Iraq by the British after World War I were known to house mutually despondent cultural groups that still struggle against one another today. Were new borders drawn and economic policies reformed, the place may find peace… but why would any superpower want peace in a faraway land? Well, they don’t. Main Lesson of this article: Superpowers maintain power by “allowing” instability to be maintained in lesser nations. This is how the P5 operate under the mandate of the oligarchs that manage their welfare. P5 economies and their militaries are too powerful to be usurped by nationalist intentions of smaller, unstable countries. After World War 2, all of the countries between East Germany and the Ukraine became a border of chaos between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. This was done ON PURPOSE so that neither side (UK/US vs. Russia) could gain an inch. The political war in this region is still going on, the most notable recent event is the Ukrainian anti-government protests, arguments over being economically...

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The Modern Age of MUN!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Current Events, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Updates | Comments Off on The Modern Age of MUN!

The Modern Age of MUN!

Model UN is getting some PRESS! First, we’d like to point you to the biggest article we’ve seen about Model UN as the New York Times must have hired an author with some legit MUN experience to explain how integral this new educational experience is for students growing up in this global world! And we also would like to tip our hats to our friends at Best Delegate for getting some great exposure in the article! On a side note that proves this whole MUN thing is growing like wildfire, our book is being ordered by the University of Indiana for use in a college course based on bringing Model UN into the classroom! We’re extremely honored that someone out there has heard of us. We did happen to write the only complete book on Model UN that exists, so we can’t blame them. But the main reason we’re writing today is because we wanted to share with you that the book has some new additions! MUN-E now includes an extra section on advanced strategies in Chapter 6: “The Blueprint,” as well as a whole new Chapter that carries you through the creation of your own website for your club, your conference, or your own blog. Just like our website is connected to our Facebook and Twitter, you can connect your site the same way using our chapter on “Going Digital.” Your site will be set up in WordPress FOR FREE, then with a few clicks you’ll have all of your social media integrated, and you’ll be managing your site like a pro with the WordPress dashboard. This is the future and we made it our mission to help get you there. Advisors and Club Organizers!!! Yes, we didn’t forget about you either. There is now an appendix that details organizational strategies for sustaining a successful Model UN Club along with some tips on managing a school trip of 80-100 high school students. Use the summer wisely and get prepped for this year’s competition! We’re including a preview of the book here. Use the little orange [+] button to share it!...

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Preview our Book NOW!!

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Blog, Current Events, Featured, Friends of MUN-E, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Social Skills, Updates | Comments Off on Preview our Book NOW!!

Preview our Book NOW!!

For the first time, we’re finally letting you read some excerpts of the book!! Use the little orange [+] button to share it! [BuyBook]

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Howard Zinn, MUN, & The Future of Education

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog, Current Events, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E | Comments Off on Howard Zinn, MUN, & The Future of Education

Howard Zinn, MUN, & The Future of Education

After spending weeks thinking about the presentation and education panel I would be leading at ChoMUN, I found a new perspective on our current systems. The group at the Da Vinci Institute had a great deal of experience in “Futurist” thought. In the first few paragraphs of their treatise on the future of education, they cite the inefficiency of systems as they exist today. It is a distant past, but before I continue I want to explain their first reference to an inefficient system that hindered progress in the ancient world: the Roman Number system. It is accepted by most mathematics historians (yes, they exist) that the progress of the Greeks ground to a complete halt when the Romans asserted their grip over most of Europe and the Mediterranean coastline. Writing a number in Roman numerals is an addition and subtraction equation in itself! Think about the number MDCCCXLIV = 1844. Imagine trying to do bookkeeping and data entry with this system. Imagine division problems… never mind exponents and decimals!! Now go a step further and imagine how engineering and finance must’ve been held back by this inefficient numerical system. In our country today, we have developed a tax code that is now 64,000 pages long. We have so many laws that most lawyers believe they are uncountable. Another system that is becoming utterly decrepit is the education system. Each of us were born with the natural proclivity towards learning (we witness, we crawl, we walk, we speak, we write, we develop language and vocabulary…) yet by the time we’ve reached adolescence, most students grow sick of the tedium of grades, papers, exams, standardized tests, rigid classrooms, and they question the “reasons” for knowing math or history. Something has gone wrong with our current investments, and our future deserves a fresh perspective. Students deserve to be inspired and teachers deserve inspired students. Our system has been slow to adapt to the revolution of the internet. The academics who are revealing a renaissance of education research are slow to push their discoveries into the classroom. The local public education districts are so oppressed by budgetary constraints that they struggle more with balance sheets, completely losing sight of advantageous reform. As a graduate student in the most quantitative field that currently exists in education (An outline of a program in psychometrics), I am a first-hand witness of the trench that lies between the practices of policy makers and educational researchers. When imagining the future of education, we must make room for the creativity of learners to pursue their interests and motivations. The extent of subject matter that can be learned has become so vast, each with a depth unrivaled in any historical context. When we restrict each student to read a subset of classical novels, whitewashed interpretations of history, and terse outlines of science, we dull the beauty and richness of the human experience. Then we take it a step further and force today’s students to bubble in dots for more than two weeks of the school year, instigating anxieties and insecurities that negate the confidence building activities that should be...

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