AWAKA® is a Level 2 Simulation
The simulation involves people from two different cultures: Awaka and Richland. The Awakans are designing and building a monument to celebrate their recently acquired freedom and independence after centuries of dominance. They want to celebrate their rich cultural heritage and have plentiful resources but little capacity for developing them.
The Richlanders, who are economically and technologically superior, are planning a trip to Awaka to aid in this construction project with the best of intentions to assist the Awakans.
The simulation creates continual opportunities for exploring the miscommunication and conflict that arises from working across organizational and cultural boundaries. It also explores the assumptions and presumptions made about people from different groups and cultures that support their actions and attitudes.
Why Use It?
Raise awareness around diversity issues of culture, race, ethnicity, power and economics
Uncover underlying (and sometimes subconscious) assumptions about others unfamiliar to them
Experience the conflict and frustration that can result in a group when individuals and subgroups operate single-mindedly
Develop understanding, cooperation and teamwork
Establish a common basis from which people of different backgrounds and capabilities can work together effectively
AWAKA® is a powerful simulation that:
Explores difference and diversity
Addresses cross-cultural issues, ethnic and racial issues, economic and power-related issues
Places individuals safely in potentially uncomfortable situations to facilitate learning
Involves planning and building activities
Draws learning from the group's collective experience
Facilitates transfer of learning to the workplace
Builds increased awareness among participants of issues related to cross-cultural interactions
Provides experiences in a safe environment for participants to discover and explore personal biases that present barriers to effective leadership and collaboration
Creates a common, shared experience for the group that serves as a reference point to help with future situations that involve diversity issues
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Program Length: 2-3 hours
Space Required: 1 training room, 1 breakout room
Accommodates: 6-30 participants
Equipment: CD Player
AWAKA® is a registered trademark of Discovery Learning, Inc.
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