Ideas for the challenge (http://www.openabm.org/story/comses-challenge-2012 )
The focus for MB development is to help students explore how sensitive systems are to sophisticated and varied human behaviour. I will develop MBs that can be used to model people influencing each other by for instance:
What I really want to get at is that we should not model people and self-optimising rational agents. Our behaviours vary over time, are depending on the situation, we influence each other much more than we believe BUT that we do have the potential to avoid a tragedy of the commons.
Idea B: a related idea with a different focus would be to show how there are two opposing ways to avoid a tragedy of the commons (1) have an oppressive hierarchy where a few consume most of the available sustainable levels of resource AND so prevent access to the majority (2) resource is shared equitably. (The link to the phrase 'climate justice').
A model where we can clearly see how much individuals take from a finite common pool resource e.g. fish. The user can set reproduction rate of fish, and a distribution range around a mean quota level (which is calculated each tick based on the total number of fish).
The agents can have a range of different behaviours e.g.