ComMod : The Companion Modelling approach
Agent-based models and the Role-Playing Games are tools of representation and simulation of socio-ecosystems functioning, which help to cross disciplines boundaries to tackle issues regarding decision processes between stakeholders and the collecive decision. This choice led us to formalise our relation to modelling within what we called a Companion Modelling approach.
At a time where we are increasingly turning to models and simulation to tackle the complexity and help the decision process, we wanted to specify the content of this approach, that is often considered as a scientific posture rather that a modelling handbook. The modelling process is nothing else than a intermediary model who facilitate ours collective and interdisciplinary decisions.
To specify our posture, a charter was produced and published in english (in 2003) and french (in 2005). A shorter text intended for a wider audience was also produced in 2013 in order to answer of a updating and popularization.objective.
A collectif book entitled « The Companion Modelling: A participatory approach supporting sustainable development » was published by QUAE Editions in 2010, funded by "The French National Research Agency" (ANR) program.
Training courses of Summer School type are regularly organized, in France and abroad. The next session is scheduled from 19 to 23 june 2017 in Chateauneuf-de-Gadagne (more information & registration Here).