Baby, you’re so “money” [MUN-E] and you don’t even know it!!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog, Friends of MUN-E, MUN-E, Social Skills | 104 comments

For those of you with a penchant for oldies but goodies, if you haven’t seen the classic movie Swingers, you’re missing out on the ironic quotes that metaphorically describe the type of Teflon Smooth delegate that MUN-E can sculpt. If you’ve met the executive board of my former club, you might recognize some of these “money!” delegates:  But without further ado, here’s two youtube clips that are straight from Jon Favreau‘s first major script and acting role. Vince Vaughn also had his first major starring role in this classic. And here’s a second video from the movie:...

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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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Model UN Education & Social Prowess

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Blog, Featured, ModelUN, MUN, MUN-E, Updates | 116 comments

Model UN Education & Social Prowess

The book is loaded with information that comes from the new practice of Social Intelligence Download the Introduction: MUN-E Intro Then tell us what you think.   But if it’s just too darn good, BUY IT...

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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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Skills for Changing the World

Posted by on Jun 27, 2012 in Blog, Featured, Lessons, Our Website, Social Skills | 9 comments

Skills for Changing the World

  We wrote this for you. To make you better at interviews, debating with your teachers, talking with your friends, approaching the principal, and even chatting with people that you might want to get to know a little better… *hint *hint. Our social world is growing and expanding beyond national borders and we will have to start working collaboratively in our everyday lives. There are very few places that you can learn how to do these things… But we’ve put all of that information in ONE...

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