NATO CPP Best Practices: Training as a force-multiplier

We were invited to speak at the NATO Cultural Property Protection Workshop being held in Krems an der Donnau, Austria from 17-19 August.

It was an absolutely inspiring week, and while our talk on game-based training and Cultural Recon was well-received, we definitely gained a lot from the experience as well.

As with any NATO conference, we were able to share ideas and perspectives with people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.  This is always insightful when talking about cultural property protection and land claims based on cultural heritage in conflict regions.

Krems and der Donau was an amazing venue for this event, as the Wachau region has an amazing history of its own. Thankfully, the conference coordinator, Dr. Anna Kaiser of the Danube University Krems, made sure that none of that history was lost on us.


Conference photo with the Dean of the Danube University Krems, Dr. Rush , Dr. Kaiser and the NATO contingent in addition to us!

After our first day, we had a private tour of Krems, to learn of it’s amazing history as both a physical and cultural crossroads.

I am writing a separate blog post about our amazing training day up at Allensteig:  really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and something that Keith and I were honored to take part in.  Furthermore, it gave us a tremendous amount of inspiration for other potential game-based training scenarios.  And, who wouldn’t love crawling around in the woods!

All in all, NATO and the Danube University Krems were tremendous hosts.  We had such inspiring discussions with the participants, and we are encouraged to keep pressing forward with the development of our game, because the world needs game-based training like Cultural Recon.

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