When it comes to culture, it has been said that “We don’t know what we don’t know!” A gesture that says you have a phone call in one country may be exactly the same as one which says, “You are stark raving mad” in another part of the world.
Gestures, words, tones and assumptions about reality are all at play when we try to pass a message from one mind to another. The medium we use may even be the message, if we are to believe Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
So, what kinds of messages are our new devices sending to each other, whether we know it or not? This game will not answer all these questions but will give you a good idea about how differing styles of communication around the world may be at the root of misunderstandings and unneeded conflict.
Developed by Dr. George Simons and Katja Färber-Mosig
Dr. George Simons Diversity pioneer, editor of the diversophy series of learning games, has synthesized the learnings of close to half a century of intercultural research and best practice into succinct and understandable game form that will start you and keep you sharing with the people about you in today's multicultural world of global enterprises. Look for fun and fascination as you learn from one of the masters in the field of intercultural consulting and training.
Katja Färber-Mosig offers professional coaching and structured consulting for for organizations for managers and professionals, addressing the issues and challenges of the everyday workplace. As an Intern for George Simons international, she collaborated in the creation and marketing of diversophy® products.