Imagine the following scenario. Multiple zombie outbreaks wreak havoc across the world. Our largest cities have been immobilised and groups of dangerous zombie creatures pose unforeseen threats to everything we all hold dear. Our future and legacy are at stake. Luckily, NATO member states have been preparing a battle plan: armies dispatch specialised troops to pin down zombie groups, communications specialists do their best to inform citizens and crisis managers in the war room have to make sure their values and strategic goals are aligned with everyone involved. It is up to you and your teams to do what’s right.
Since May 2014 we know that the US Department of Defence wrote “CONPLAN 888” in 2011. It’s a crisis preparedness plan, but it’s unlike any other crisis plan you have heard of: CONPLAN 888 prepares the Pentagon and the US Defence forces for zombie outbreaks! In its extensive risk assessment section, the document covers pathogenic zombies (the classic zombie type that is created via infection), but it also covers special measures to be taken for lesser known species such as space zombies and even chicken zombies. At PM, however, we take it one step further. We’re not writing a plan to mitigate a zombie attack, like the Pentagon did back in the days. No, we made this far-fetched scenario a reality. In our Zombie Game crisis simulation, participants are actually confronted with this extraordinary event, normally only restricted to the scope of a blockbuster movie.
Learn all details about our zombie game in this document (PDF):
Don’t ask me to decide, my morals are questionable!
– Participant on having to decide on the long-term attack strategy
Should we give up Amsterdam, Tokyo or the Mars Colony?
– Participant on prioritising money and means on the battlefield
We have to realise that there is no ‘last round’ in real life
– Participant when the Zombie Game simulation came to an end
Bert Brugghemans, who co-authored the book Everything is under control! & 9 other myths about organising in times of crisis with our senior partner and managing partner, explains why we should prepare for zombie attacks.