If you're new to crisis, we've included some tips to help you get started in committee. 

Dynamic Committee

The main difference between crisis and traditional committees are that the former are dynamic - the "state of the world" and of the committee responds to the decisions and actions delegates make in committee. This creates a feedback system between delegates and the crisis staff as each work to build the world and the story of the committee together.

Crisis Updates

The first part of this feedback loop is crisis action. Crisis staffers may update the committee on recent events in the "world" of the committee in the form of crisis updates, which can be in-person, in writing, or in other media forms. They typically take some questions after delivering the update if it is in person. These updates typically start according to the crisis room's plans for the committee but may also be the result of, or response to, delegate action.

Public Directives

Instead of working for several sessions on a long resolution, delegates in crisis committees write several directives over the course of the weekend. Directives are much shorter than resolutions, typically between 1-2 pages when first written (before any mergers). Directives also take substantive action, compared to the declarations/suggestions of resolutions. For example, a directive in a Sikh Empire committee might amass military forces and launch an expedition to take an area of land, or build religious schools for the populace, or any number of such actions that the board or body of the committee itself may do in reality. 

Private Action (Notes)

Delegates can also take private action in the form of notes to crisis from the role of the character they play on committee. For example, a Minister of Sanitation may build an extensive sewer system throughout the city or a Foreign Minister may reach out to his/her contacts in another country for backroom negotiations. Crisis staff respond to notes with the result of the action taken. They may be favorable (e.g. the action succeeded) or they may lead to unforeseen effects (e.g. a delegate may try to work with an enemy group and be caught and revealed). Generally, the more detailed, realistic, creative, and well-thought-out the note is, the greater the chance of it receiving a favorable response from crisis. 

You are now ready to shape the events of your own universe in a crisis committee!