AWAKA®

AWAKA® explores assumptions and blind spots that individuals carry with them when initially encountering unfamiliar cultures. AWAKA® enables participants to experience issues encountered when working across cultural boundaries. Participants explore assumptions made about people from different groups, and develop an effective process for entering a working relationship with people who are culturally different.

The Richlanders, who are economically and technologically superior, plan a trip to aid the Awakans with a project on which they are working. The two cultures are very different, providing opportunity to experience miscommunication and conflict which naturally occurs when individuals work across cultural boundaries.
explores assumptions and blind spots that individuals carry with them when initially encountering unfamiliar cultures. AWAKA® enables participants to experience issues encountered when working across cultural boundaries. Participants explore assumptions made about people from different groups, and develop an effective process for entering a working relationship with people who are culturally different.The Richlanders, who are economically and technologically superior, plan a trip to aid the Awakans with a project on which they are working. The two cultures are very different, providing opportunity to experience miscommunication and conflict which naturally occurs when individuals work across cultural boundaries.


AWAKA® is a Level 2 Simulation

Scenario:

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

More Information:

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Logistics:

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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