Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about our services, methodology and enterprise

Our services

What do you sell?

We sell simulated scenarios and related services. We also offer complete training packages within the areas of sustainability, security and innovation.

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Do you sell IT or technical solutions?
No. In our simulations, participants get to practice what they are learning in a real-life setting under realistic conditons. Computers and technology are only used as support.
What is Scenario Training?

In Scenario Training, you apply your learning to fictitious situations (scenarios).

Some forms of scenario training are more like discussions. The scenario is outlined by the teacher and the learners talk about how they would respond.

A virtual platform is sometimes used for scenario training, such as a computer game or simulation. These platforms are excellent for introducing learners to different situations. On the other hand, it does not prepare them for the social and situational factors that will affect them in the workplace.

At Scenario Sciences Sweden, we prefer to use real-life situations in our scenario training. This is the most effective form of learning because you use all your senses.

When you are responding to a customer standing in front of you, the experience is completely different from when you are sitting in front of a computer or a piece of paper. When you actively do what you are learning, you will learn faster, remember longer and be able to apply your learning sooner.

What can your scenarios be used for?

Whether you are dealing with education, drills or assessments the aim is to prepare people for the real world (or assess how well-prepared they are for the real world). The most effective way to do this is by having people respond to problems in a real context. Live-action scenarios are the best way to do this because they account for the subtle social, contextual and situational factors that occur in the workplace.

With our scenarios, you can:

  • Better prepare your learners for the real world by letting them apply their knowledge to real situations
  • Accurately assess a job candidate's ability to actually do the job without hiring the person
  • Facilitate innovation and creative problem solving at minimum risk
  • Improve customer satisfaction by pre-empting their needs and responses
  • Expand the resources and competence available to you without blowing your budget
  • Train/Assess more people at the same time without compromising on quality, control or individual needs
  • Improve staff well-being and job satisfaction
  • Improve staff performance

What does a scenario cost?

The cost of a scenario depends on the number of participants and the nature of the scenario itself.

Our standard training courses offer price calculators to help you budget.

Below you will find the price calculator for our sustainability training course that uses the pre-written plug-and-play scenario Enterpriseville.

What are add-ons?
Add-ons are additional services that complement scenarios and training packages. For a crisis management scenario, one can add on a risk assessment service. A company that wants an innovation scenario can add on support for implementing the outcomes into their organisation.
Why buy from Scenario Sciences Sweden?

To achieve the high levels of realism, creative freedom and personal relevance that yield competitive results, you have to work differently. You have to think differently. Not everyone can do that.

At Scenario Sciences Sweden, we are experts at doing precisely that. Our strength comes from combining extensive experience with university research and a strong informal network of advisors, mentors and talent.

Buying from Scenario Sciences Sweden means you:

  • Expand the resources and competence available to you without blowing your budget
  • Work with people who love what they do and know their thing
  • Always get a tangible outcome that helps you achieve your organisational goals

Why buy a scenario for professional training?

A live-action scenario is a form of Scenario Training. Learners apply their new knowledge in a fictitious situation in a realistic environment.

Live-action scenarios let you:

  • Reduce the post-training learning curve
  • Expand the resources and competence available to you without blowing your budget
  • Train more people at the same time without compromising quality, control or individual needs
  • Improve job satisfaction and staff well-being with more engaging and useful training
  • Use training scenarios to facilitate real problem-solving and innovation

What is Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training?

Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training is the main method we use to design and run simulations. It produces realistic training experiences that allow high levels of creative freedom and personalisation without compromising safety or the ability to assess the participant's learning.

Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training:

  • Is a method of learning-by-doing
  • Is a form of Scenario-Based Training (which has been used to train nurses, airline pilots, police and military for decades)
  • Uses techniques from the Nordic Ensemble role-play tradition (a Scandinavian art form) to enhance realism, engage the learner and make the learning process more intuitive.

Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training is characterised by:

  • Group-based work
  • Intuitive learning scenarios that are as close to the real thing as possible
  • High transferability. You become prepared to use your new knowledge immediately.
  • A scenario management team that is integrated into the scenario in a natural way, allowing quick responses and less disruption
  • Simulations that are designed as redundant, resilient systems. Learners can experiment and get creative without disrupting the simulation.

Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training was developed by Sara Hjalmarsson. It builds on her research from Edith Cowan University on improving modern security training.

What are the advantages of Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training?

Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training produces more realistic training experiences that allow higher levels of creative freedom and personalisation without compromising safety or learning assessment.

  • You get to use what you have learned immediately in a realistic environment
  • More intuitive and engaging learning
  • Learn more in less time
  • Real freedom to think outside the box, experiment and develop unexpected solutions.
  • You will be ready to use your new knowledge as soon as you step outside the classroom

What is a live-action simulation and why should I use it?

A live-action simulation is a form of Scenario Training. You apply your learning in a fictitious situation in a realistic environment.

Benefits include

  • faster learning
  • better recollection
  • more relevant learning
  • you are better prepared to handle situations that arise in the workplace

What can I expect from a live-action simulation, as a learner?

If you have never tried any form of Scenario Training before, it may feel a bit different. Don't worry, learners get the hang of it quickly!

Because the simulation works very much like the real world, you can do things the same way you would in your everyday life. No need to remember rules or scoring systems.

What if you have a question? Not to worry - there will always be someone to ask!

Why use live-action simulations for training?
By using live-action simulations for training, you:
  • Save money and time on training without compromising quality
  • Get your new staff productive sooner
  • Reduce staff turnover
  • Make training attractive to staff
  • Stimulate innovation by providing a platform for creativity
When is a live-action simulation not what I need?
Scenario Training and live-action simulations are very effective, but there are times, when they are not appropriate:
  • When giving short briefings and musters
  • When you wish to train less than 5 people (it can still be done, but it may be difficult to justify  the expense)
  • When training people to use software
  • When training or recruiting remotely
Do you offer consulting services within sustainability?

Yes. We have in-house competence in Blue Economy sustainability.

We can:

  • assess your organisation's potential for new revenue streams
  • conduct a Scan, Screen and Implement assessment for a group of businesses or a region
  • support you in starting up an enterprise based on the 100 Blue Economy cases.

Do you offer training in sustainability?

Yes. We offer a 1-day introductory training course inspired by The Blue Economy.

The course includes:

  • Introduction to Blue Economy concepts and principles
  • A 4-hour simulated scenario. Develop a business or business case based on Blue Economy principles. Then pitch it to decision-makers and investors.
  • A contact network of local Blue Economy entrepreneurs
  • Personal advice
  • Meals, coffee and tea

Download the brochure here.

The standard price for the training course is 3 375 SEK + VAT per person (min. 10 people). Group discounts are also available.

The science behind our scenarios

What is The Blue Economy?

Do sustainable business models catch your interest? Then perhaps the Blue Economy is something for you. The Blue Economy was developed by the ZERI foundation and offers  sustainable business models inspired by nature. These models are based on scientific research and experience from over 100 successful enterprises.

The Blue Economy Principles are about creating more value with what we already have available to us locally. The Blue Economy goes beyond traditional "green" or "circular" economics by using natural resource flows and integrated systems. Its principles produce sustainable business models that generate more jobs and value without pollution.

In contrast to green and circular economies, the Blue Economy also nurtures local cultures and traditions as an integrated part of a sustainable system.

The Blue Economy report was originally released as a report to the Club of Rome and was created in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program. The Blue Economy cases were identified and studied by the Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) many years before the Blue Economy report was released.

The original report is available through Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Economy-Years-Innovations-Million/dp/0912111909/ref=la_B001JXG7VS_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391497979&sr=1-1

Where can I find out more about The Blue Economy?

There are several options available - from Youtube videos to networking opportunities and university courses.

The original report is available through Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Economy-Years-Innovations-Million/dp/0912111909/ref=la_B001JXG7VS_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391497979&sr=1-1

If you want to learn more about Blue Economy, watch our Youtube Playlist or visit:

Courses in sustainable systems design and Blue Economy are held at:

Networking
There are Blue Economy networks in many countries around the world. In Sweden, it is most active around Göteborg and Mittuniversitetet. If you would like to meet people involved in this network, please get in touch with us and we will connect you with the closest member.

What is Scenario Training?

In Scenario Training, you apply your learning to fictitious situations (scenarios).

Some forms of scenario training are more like discussions. The scenario is outlined by the teacher and the learners talk about how they would respond.

A virtual platform is sometimes used for scenario training, such as a computer game or simulation. These platforms are excellent for introducing learners to different situations. On the other hand, it does not prepare them for the social and situational factors that will affect them in the workplace.

At Scenario Sciences Sweden, we prefer to use real-life situations in our scenario training. This is the most effective form of learning because you use all your senses.

When you are responding to a customer standing in front of you, the experience is completely different from when you are sitting in front of a computer or a piece of paper. When you actively do what you are learning, you will learn faster, remember longer and be able to apply your learning sooner.

Where can I find out more about Scenario Training?

Scenario Training, also referred to as Scenario-Based Training (SBT), is a well-established discipline with plenty of academic research and professional publications available. One is often trained as an SBT instructor through a non-academic institution, such as the military, police, national emergency agencies,  and so on. For those who wish to dig deeper, many universities offer in-depth programs in SBT.

Many national emergency agencies provide guidelines for SBT and SBT evaluation. Below are some links to further reading:

SBT Standards:

Recommended Reading:

What is Nordic Ensemble?

Nordic Ensemble refers to the Ensemble-style of the Nordic live-action role-play tradition (primarily that of Sweden). It is a co-creative and co-evolutionary art form and unlike most other art forms, it is experienced from the first-person perspective. Today, it is commonly used for entertainment, networking and personal development.

Nordic Ensemble practitioners have perfected techniques for:

  • Creating a high level of realism and relevance while keeping risks low
  • Working with low predictability while retaining control
  • Managing scenarios unobtrusively
  • Managing participants through internal motivators and guidelines rather than rules
  • Maximising creative freedom for participants
  • Participant-centred design
  • Systems-based design
  • Design of dynamic social systems

What techniques have you borrowed from Nordic Ensemble?

NEST is first and foremost a method for creating professional scenario-based simulations. Unfortunately, contemporary scenario-based training and simulations have limitations when it comes to realism, engagement and relevance. This can be resolved by complementing the contemporary methods with techniques and tools from other disciplines.

Those practicing Nordic Ensemble have spent the last 30 years perfecting techniques for creating realistic live-action scenarios. Although Nordic Ensemble is an art form used for entertainment purposes, they use techniques and tools that resolve the limitations of modern scenario simulations. We find the following particularly valuable and use them in our own methodology:

  • Sociocultural dynamics
  • Integrated (Inside-out) Management
  • Systems-based, non-linear scenario progression
  • Conservative approach to game elements and obtrusive regulation
  • Experience-centered design
  • Participant-centered design

Sociocultural dynamics

Sociocultural dynamics involve the complex interaction between cultural and social systems. Rule systems, direction and game elements became superfluous in Nordic Ensemble because of the extensive use of social and cultural systems in designing and running the scenarios. Working with sociocultural dynamics involves many different elements and tools. Some of these are social contracts, values, internal motivators and subcultures.

At Scenario Sciences, we feel that sociocultural dynamics are key to safe, realistic and engaging simulations. It means that we actively develop cultural and social systems as part of the scenario design process. This demands greater skill from the team, but is rewarded by improved results and motivated participants.

Integrated (Inside-out) Management

Within the Nordic Ensemble tradition, participants tend to be intolerant of unnecessary disruptions. This means that management must be as low-profile as possible. As a result, the scenario management team is normally fully integrated into the scenario and environment. The outcome of this is a fast response time and a very resilient simulation. Participants can (and are often encouraged to) experiment freely without running the risk of disrupting the simulation. The fast response time also means that any safety or security issues can be responded to quickly and efficiently with minimum disruption. Should someone have questions, they can easily approach the scenario manager without interrupting or disturbing others.

At Scenario Sciences, we avoid the traditional top-down, highly visible form of management that is common in contemporary scenario simulations. Instead, we manage our scenarios from within, using the techniques from Nordic Ensemble. It does demand more skills from our staff, but in return, we can increase the realism beyond what has been possible previously. Yet we still retain safety, control and the ability to evaluate participants.

Systems-based, non-linear scenario progression

With the sociocultural system in place, the scenario has natural feedback loops that help regulate the scenario progression. This allows a simple risk assessment process to be used for determining the control mechanisms needed during the simulation itself. Scenario managers can use these control mechanisms and feedback loops more readily than a complex rule system. If something unexpected were to happen, they can still respond without disrupting the simulation.

The use of systems-based scenario progression is well-established in Nordic Ensemble, but may seem counter-intuitive to someone who is used to linear scenarios. This is because systems-based scenarios offer a higher degree of uncertainty. Working with them requires a different skillset and an interdisciplinary approach. Our staff have those skills.

Conservative approach to game elements and obtrusive regulation

Within the Nordic Ensemble tradition, game elements (eg. win/loss conditions, points, scoring) and obtrusive regulation (complex rules, intrusive management, etc.) are considered to be elements of "poor design". By taking a conservative approach to these elements, the simulation becomes more engaging, authentic and intuitive. In a learning scenario, it allows the participant to better focus on the learning process.

At Scenario Sciences, we implement this approach when designing scenarios. First we consider how the environment and scenario itself can be used to manage participants (instead of forbidding participants to enter a room, we simply lock the door to that room). Secondly, we consider how sociocultural dynamics can be used to complement the environment and scenario. Thirdly, we consider simple guidelines. Only after going through these user-friendly forms of regulation do we begin to develop rules and game elements. The outcome is an intuitive scenario with game elements and obtrusive regulation reduced to a minimum.

Experience-centered design

Nordic Ensemble strives for a high level of realism. Consequently, several design philosophies and principles have evolved for this purpose. Two of the best-known are "360°-immersion" and "What-you-see-is-what-you-get". "360°-immersion" implies that the scenario should be set in environment that feels authentic and avoids distractions. "What-you-see-is-what-you-get" implies that the environment and scenario should be as intuitive as possible (if a door is open, you should be able to walk through it).

At Scenario Sciences, we embrace a number of these design principles. We aim to make our scenarios as intuitive and authentic as possible.By avoiding unnecessary distractions, we allow our participants to focus their energy on the task at hand.

Participant-centered design

Nordic Ensemble is dominated by a philosophy known as "participatory culture". It implies that participants, designers and managers create an experience together. Through their interactions, it evolves into a narrative artwork tailored to the first-person perspective. Unlike drama, the audience are at the same time the actors. Each experience is unique and can not be reproduced (participating in the role-play again will always produce a different experience). If it is observed or recorded, it is translated into another art form. Much like a language, significant elements are easily lost in such a translation. Its co-creative and co-evolutionary nature makes Nordic Ensemble a highly contemporary art form. Its Achilles' heel, however, is the inherent difficulty of accurate documentation

We share the participant-centered design tools of Nordic Ensemble. We actively consider how the participant interacts with the scenario, the environment and the scenario managers and how this produces an authentic experience that fulfills the objectives of the scenario. Unlike Nordic Ensemble, however, we make our scenarios as accessible and easy to document as possible.

Were does Nordic Ensemble come from?

Nordic Ensemble has its origins in a gaming/drama tradition from the late 1970s/early 1980s. This heritage has coloured the jargon to this day.

In the late 1990s, a paradigm shift took place in the Nordic countries where the gaming elements (win/loss conditions, points and scoring) were labelled as "poor design" and discarded. Instead, focus was placed on social systems, interaction and realism.  Combined with a culture of mentoring, co-creation and openness, a sophisticated system of live-action simulations evolved.

Today it is used for artistic expression, networking, entertainment, personal development and education of both adults and youth. You can download a short information document about this development here.

Were can I find out more about Nordic Ensemble?

Currently, the best book on the subject is Nordic LARP by Markus Monotola PhD and Jaakko Stenros PhD. At the time of writing this, the book was sold out at all known publishers. If you are having trouble finding it, please send us an email and we will source a copy for you.

There exists very limited research on the subject, much of which simply reinvents the wheel. There are also inconsistencies in terminology between countries, further complicating things. This can be quite confusing for the uninitiated and is a contributing factor to why good documentation is so difficult to find.

At Scenario Sciences Sweden, we are working to make high-quality information on Nordic Ensemble more accessible.

Where can I find out more about NEST/Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training/Live-Action Simulations?

We are currently working to make it easier to find and use the available information on Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training and professional live-action simulations. We are continuously producing fresh documentation and are launching a new knowledge base on March 25th to make this information more accessible.

Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training is based on the models described in Chapter 6 and Appendix 3 of the honours thesis written by Sara Hjalmarsson in 2011. If you wish to dig deeper into the theory behind the method, the thesis is openly available online. You can download the 2-page abstract from here or the full thesis (139 pages) here.

Our enterprise

What is Scenario Sciences Sweden?

We are a small, Swedish start-up that specialises in developing, designing and running participant-centred, realistic simulated scenarios.

Our services are best suited for:

  • professional training
  • product development and innovation
  • recruitment
  • security

A modular approach allows us to provide solutions for a wide range of industries by collaborating with service partners and a global network of subject-matter specialists. It also means that you can tailor the product to suit your needs, whether you are an organisation looking for an all-inclusive solution or a professional training company that wants to offer your customers a more hands-on experience.

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The scenario designers we work with have a minimum of 10 years experience designing realistic scenarios for live-action simulations.

What is your approach to CSR and sustainability?

Scenario Sciences is built on the premise that economic, environmental and social sustainability are interconnected. Over the long term, it is impossible to have one without the other two. By creating value for our clients and ensuring a sustainable bottom line, we can also nurture the social capital and natural resources that we depend on to thrive.

Scenario Sciences was inspired by the Blue Economy Principles - a distillate of the experiences from building over 200 successful sustainable enterprises throughout the world. We don't try to be environmentally friendly or socially responsible. We take it for granted and have built sustainability into the very DNA of our business.

What are the advantages of being a small start-up?

The main advantages of being a small start-up are mobility, flexibility, very low operating costs and team members that love what they do.

If you are a small start-up, how do you afford your operations?

The main advantages of being a small start-up are mobility, flexibility, very low operating costs and team members that love what they do.

Our privately sourced start-up funds have been perfectly adequate for our operations. Further funds come from the same source as most self-sustaining enterprises - our customers.

What is The Blue Economy?

Do sustainable business models catch your interest? Then perhaps the Blue Economy is something for you. The Blue Economy was developed by the ZERI foundation and offers  sustainable business models inspired by nature. These models are based on scientific research and experience from over 100 successful enterprises.

The Blue Economy Principles are about creating more value with what we already have available to us locally. The Blue Economy goes beyond traditional "green" or "circular" economics by using natural resource flows and integrated systems. Its principles produce sustainable business models that generate more jobs and value without pollution.

In contrast to green and circular economies, the Blue Economy also nurtures local cultures and traditions as an integrated part of a sustainable system.

The Blue Economy report was originally released as a report to the Club of Rome and was created in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program. The Blue Economy cases were identified and studied by the Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) many years before the Blue Economy report was released.

The original report is available through Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Economy-Years-Innovations-Million/dp/0912111909/ref=la_B001JXG7VS_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391497979&sr=1-1

If you want to learn more about Blue Economy, watch our Youtube Playlist or visit:

Courses in sustainable systems design and Blue Economy are held at:

Where can I find out more about The Blue Economy?

There are several options available - from Youtube videos to networking opportunities and university courses.

The original report is available through Amazon:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Blue-Economy-Years-Innovations-Million/dp/0912111909/ref=la_B001JXG7VS_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1391497979&sr=1-1

If you want to learn more about Blue Economy, watch our Youtube Playlist or visit:

Courses in sustainable systems design and Blue Economy are held at:

Networking
There are Blue Economy networks in many countries around the world. In Sweden, it is most active around Göteborg and Mittuniversitetet. If you would like to meet people involved in this network, please get in touch with us and we will connect you with the closest member.