17. What will the format of your event be?:
Show/Performance/Demo lecture - entertainment events for adults and families
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
The event will be run by members of the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University (who have expertise in this area), and will start with a brief talk on the topic of social dilemmas (while taking care not to set up an expectation that: “of course, all of us here would always put others first”). Attendees will be formed into groups to play a public goods game (with toy money) in a climate change context (nations reducing carbon emissions at a cost) and to examine the well-studied effect that communication encourages cooperation. To this end individuals in groups will variously be: unknown to each other; around a table but not permitted to talk in a period before playing; permitted to talk before playing, but not about the game; and encouraged to talk about the game before playing.
Since the size of friendship groups attending cannot be predicted, the size and composition of groups will be constructed on the night to best effect for the experimental design. Results will be collected and shared with attendees; which groups gave most to the public good? We will stress that the event has been a demonstration, not a controlled experiment, and will take the opportunity to talk briefly about issues of experimental control and sample size in the behavioural sciences. The evening will end with a brief talk on the importance of cooperation for the global good in arenas such as climate change.
Preferred venue: Stage 3 at Northern Stage. It can be arranged in a cabaret setting (tables and chairs) and has a bar.
20. Venue requirements:
City centre venue with a cabaret setting - chairs around tables – and a bar. Space for c.40-50 people.