diversophy® gives you the know-how needed to deal successfully with people of other backgrounds. It has about 60 games on doing business with various countries. It has gone global in its content, language versions, and distribution. diversophy®'s standard training and classroom game format of can be customized by the user and specialized versions and translations are available on request.
diversophy® was first developed by George Simons founder of George Simons International in 1972 as a tool for training student assistants in university residences to handle conflicts and to coach younger students in the challenges and crises they faced in multicultural living and learning situations. In 1992, in collaboration with MULTUS Inc., the game was redesigned and expanded as a tool for domestic diversity training in the USA. It quickly became a popular a learning activity in both private and public sectors.
The success of the game led almost immediately to the development of new card sets addressing specific North American diversity issues such as Gender, Disability and Sexual Orientation in the US and Canada. From this domestic starting point the game collection has continued to grow, addressing national, regional and group cultures and intercultural dynamics in both workplace and social contexts.
As sponsors of the 2008 Global Congress of SIETAR, George Simons International and the Bluepill Group created a SIETAR Intercultural Learning Center on the popular virtual world, Second Life, in which 19 playable samplers of diversophy were offered to visitors in English and in Spanish. Over 30,000 people played these online games.
diversophy® (wisdom about differences) is an award–winning tool that improves learners’ cultural awareness. This learning game poses real life, cultural and language-related questions and situations for learners to experience, share, analyse, and respond to. It also creates a safe environment for participants to learn empathy and tolerance for each other’s differences and those posed by the target language and culture under study. Students love it as it involves them actively in the subject matter and encourages them to test and practice their language skills as they engage with each other. They also learn so much more from these cards in group discussion discovering cultural issues they might otherwise not become aware of.
diversophy® card categories are named to fit each learning challenge: diversiSMARTS cards test factual knowledge about a culture, diversiCHOICE ask us to pick a course of appropriate behavior in our new cultural setting, while diversiRISK cards subject us to surprise happenings in an unfamiliar context, some are positive surprises, and others are disappointing outcomes from our behavior or mere presence in alien surroundings. diversiGUIDE cards impart wisdom from the new culture and from those who have fathomed it well, while diversiSHARE cards ask us to compare the new culture’s approaches to everyday human situations with what we were raised to believe or do.
Do you already have an favorite training or teaching tool? Don't worry, we are not asking you to replace yours with ours. We think many great tools can be combined together to produce better results. Our founder and editor-in-chief, George Simons, is an author of eight Cultural Detective tools. In his guest lectures and seminars he often combines both tools. Our team is always keen to learn about other effective tools that broaden our knowledge in Intercultural Field and can be used in combination with diversophy®.
Then, why not collaborate with us? There are many ways for us to work together. Drop us an email, and we will confer with you as soon as possible.
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