Energy Futures Lab: The Newtonian Shift is a facilitated role-playing simulation that allows players to experience decades of energy transition in one day. Participants explore future energy shifts while representing a diverse set of viewpoints: energy producer, private customer, large energy consumer, First Nations, suppliers, grid operator, investors, and government.

Through dynamic and fast-paced experiential learning, participants are immersed in the country of Newtonia, which finds itself in the middle of an energy transition – energy must be supplied, energy assets developed and grids upgraded.

This project is made possible through a grant from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.

Want to play your part?

Come experience the energy transition in action:

We have run the simulation for industry associations, energy companies, groups who don’t know each other well but would like a deep understanding of Alberta’s energy system, students and academics. Please note that to play you must be able to commit to full participation for the five hours of game play.

Please see our Events Calendar for the next simulation happening near you.

If you’re interested in hosting a simulation in your organization or have questions, please contact us at info(at) The simulation requires a minimum of 16 people to run and can accommodate up to 30. A team of two to three seasoned facilitators delivers the simulation.

Energy Futures Lab: The Newtonian Shift is a dynamic workshop experience designed to glean insights about the emerging energy transition while delivering the following:
  • Exploring the behaviors, strategic decision-making and business models required for the energy transition that is coming/underway
  • Building stakeholder empathy, via experiencing first hand the perspectives, challenges, priorities and unique needs of diverse stakeholders in different parts of the energy system
  • Sensemaking the energy system, where participants grow their full system awareness while deepening understanding of how the system works and their role within it
  • Exploring the leadership qualities required during transition, at both an organizational and personal level


The Alberta Real Estate Foundation supports real estate related initiatives that enhance the industry and benefit the people of Alberta. The Foundation’s revenues come from the interest earned on public money deposited in real estate brokers’ pooled trust accounts. Learn more at


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