Who is it for?
It can be used with bright 5th graders through adults. It is especially fitting for classes in social studies, international relations, American and world history, conflict resolution, negotiation, globalization, fair trade and international economics.
[tagline_box title=”Guns or Butter
is a reusable kit which includes everything needed to run the simulation for up to about 35 participants at one time.” description=”This is the updated version of the original, well thought out, and professionally published version of Guns or Butter
. There are many knock-off versions available for download that are poor copies. We think you’ll get what you pay for. Please contact us with any questions you may have.”][/fusion_tagline_box]
What does Guns or Butter teach?
- That communication, negotiations, trade and an international peace keeping system are very important for the prevention of war.
- That everyone suffers in a nuclear war.
- The cost of war can often be so high that virtually no one wins.
- An escalating crisis very often leads to misperceptions, tunnel vision and irrational behavior which compounds the crisis.
- If we are to have a more secure world, an international organization may be necessary to settle disputes, provide for arms control and inspect for disarmament.
- That it is easy to get a war started, but difficult to end.
- That when a country starts a war, they may not get the war they planned for.
- That when one nation conceals arms, it often creates a fear in other nations which is very contagious.
- That fear and insecurity among nations increases the chance of war.
- That international trade and common markets can be conducive to more peaceful relations.
- That it is very difficult for a nation to maintain a decent standard of living — butter — in the present international system when so much must be spent on national “security” — guns.
How has Guns or Butter been used?
To help students understand these core questions:
- How an arms race gets started?
- How do we control the spread of nuclear weapons?
- How can the system be changed to promote peace?
Note: Guns or Butter was popular during the Vietnam War. We’ve revised it and reissued it as a way of helping students understand current events, especially the Iraq war, the nuclear weapons programs of Iran and North Korea.
How long does Guns or Butter take?
Guns or Butter requires one and one-half hours to play. It can easily be divided into two or more periods.
How many participants does Guns or Butter accommodate?
Guns or Butter can accommodate from 6 to 35 students.
How much preparation is required?
Twenty to thirty minutes for the experienced person.
Are any consumable forms or special equipment needed?
The kit is reusable and contains everything needed to run the simulation.
Other Products For Schools & Charities
When participants finish BaFa’BaFa’®, they know what it feels like to be the one person in a group who is different. They understand how easily stereotypes can be developed and what must be done to overcome them.
Power of Leadership
Power of Leadership is a real time, face to face, non-computer based simulation that helps students understand the value and dangers a leader faces when he or she attempts to use the power that goes with a position.
Rafa’ Rafa’ is a simplified version of BaFa’ BaFa’ and therefore better suited for younger students.
When participants finish StarPower®, they’re anxious to talk about the uses and abuses of power and how to best empower and motivate their employees.
Where Do You Draw the Line?
Where Do You Draw the Line? helps participants understand the actual principles that most people use to make ethical decisions. We often customize this simulation to target specific ethical issues.
What Is NO?
After What is NO?®, participants understand what types of behavior create misunderstanding and hostile environments for their colleagues and then identify ways of relating to colleagues in ways that create trust and respect.