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Monday, January 01, 0001

Purpose: To help people from different cultures, socioeconomic backgrounds, races, disciplines, ethnic backgrounds, genders, and religions create understanding, reduce conflict and learn how to reap the rich rewards of realistic and thoughtful cooperation.   

  

Overview: Two groups, the Alphas and the Betas, move into their own areas where members are taught the values, expectations and customs of their new culture. Once members of the group understand their new culture, each culture sends an observer to the other group for a brief period to learn about the values, norms, and customs of the other culture without directly asking questions.  Observers return to their home culture and report on what they observed.  Based on the report, each group develops hypotheses about the most effective way to interact with the other culture.  Participants then then take turns visiting the other culture in small groups.  After each visit, the visitors return home and improve their hypotheses based on their observations.   

  

Reflection: When everyone has had a chance to visit the other culture, the simulation ends and the group comes together to analyze and discuss the experience.