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Standards Simulation Workshop Offers Newcomers a View into the Standardization Process

Students and New Professionals: Register Now for the November Event in New York City

New York, Sep 10, 2013

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is pleased to announce that a workshop simulating the experience of taking part in the process of creating voluntary consensus standards will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, in New York City. A similar simulation was held in October 2012, as part of ANSI’s World Standards Week (WSW) series of events [see related story].

The event will be held at the William E. Macaulay Honors College of the City College of New York and will make use of a standards simulation exercise, titled “Setting Standards: Exercise in Strategy and Cooperation in Standardization Process,” provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The workshop will be facilitated by Jorrit De Jong, a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Participants will be divided into teams and given an agenda and lists of interests which will simulate the perspectives of different stakeholders in the voluntary standardization process for a new hypothetical technology. Team members will examine the various negotiation and leadership strategies used in the standardization process, as well as the system’s underlying mechanisms, before taking part in a three-phase evaluation reflecting on the workshop.

The workshop is open to students or new professionals who have been involved in standardization work for three or fewer years. A small number of slots are still available. To register for the workshop, or for more information, please contact Lisa Rajchel, the Secretariat to ANSI’s Committee on Education (CoE), at lrajchel@ansi.org. Please note that all participants are required to arrive on time and stay for the full length of the simulation.

To learn more about ANSI’s ongoing schedule of workshops and training sessions, please visit the ANSI training schedule.

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