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  • Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization Barnga: A Cultural Simulation Embracing Diversity, Building Community
    • Practice the “5 tricks.”
    • Tournament begins; no words!
    • After each round, best and worst players must move and join another group.
    • No more than 7 players per group.
  • How I Felt…
    • When the game was introduced…
    • When I began to learn the rules of the game…
    • When the rules were taken away…
    • When words were banned…
    • When I had to move & play with others…
    • When I realized something was “wrong”…
  • What if…
    • … play lasted longer?
    • … any players had obvious cultural differences?
    • … a more complex game were involved?
    • … there were more at stake?
    • … you had been allowed to talk?
    • … each team had 100s of members?
    • Other “what if’s”?
  • Maximizing Benefit from Intercultural Interaction
    • Check in
    • Check understanding
    • Promote open communication
    • Draw the best out of a wide diversity of people
    • Be sensitive to and aware of potential for misunderstandings
  • Strategies
    • Try to listen to what’s being said, not what’s in your head.
    • Be alert to how your culture filters your experience.
    • When checking in, use descriptive language.
    • Cultivate healthy suspicion of your own “wisdom.”
  • Where Does Your Culture Lie? HIGH CONTEXT LOW CONTEXT
  • Personal Orientation? COLLECTIVIST INDIVIDUALISTIC
  • Decision Making? AUTOCRATIC DEMOCRATIC
  • Risk Aversion? HIGH LOW
  • Time Orientation? POLYCHRONIC MONOCHRONIC
  • Power Distance? CLOSE DISTANT
  • What do you see?
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  • Final Thoughts...