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Case Study: Professional BaFa’ BaFa’ – Building Cultural Competence: Tools to Foster More Productive Community Relations.

Introducing the Rules for BaFa' BaFa' Introducing the Rules for Professional BaFa’ BaFa’.

The Situation:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2015 Community Involvement Training Conference was held on August 4-6, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The competition for presenters was very strong, they received 118 proposals and only had slots for 37 presentations. Skeo Solutions were excited to be chosen as one of the presenters for their training session, Building Cultural Competence: Tools to Foster More Productive Community Relations. Living and Learning the Alpha Culture. Living and Learning the Alpha Culture.

Skeo Solutions decided to incorporate Professional BaFa’ BaFa’ into the workshop and had received some encouragement from their EPA contact who remembered BaFa’ BaFa’ from her Peace Corps training some years ago. Living and Learning the Beta Culture. Living and Learning the Beta Culture.

The Approach:

Skeo Solutions Building Cultural Competence (BCC) training approach is very different from traditional USA “diversity” training. You can get a snapshot of it here:  http://www.skeo.com/projects/building_cultural_competence_training.

According to the lead facilitator for this session,  Michael Lythcott, “The design is kind of an amalgam of materials I helped develop for Peace Corps Volunteers and corporate executive training’s I helped design while I was at MS&B International working to prepare US executives (and their non-matrixed spouses) for long-term overseas assignments.” Discussion and Analysis of BaFa' BaFa' Experience. Discussion and Analysis of BaFa’ BaFa’ Experience.

Skeo Solutions decided to integrate BaFa’ BaFa’ at the beginning of this full day training opportunity. According to Lythcott, “people […]

Links Related To Our Products

There are countless ways organizations have used our products in business and educational settings. Here are a few links to relevant websites relating to using our simulations. We are just starting this resources so be sure to check back often. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like to have a link included.

Index of Topics:

BaFa’ BaFa’ – Schools & Charities Version
BaFa’ BaFa’ used with Medical Educators
StarPower – Leadership – Use/Abuse of Power
General Links To Our Website

BaFa’ BaFa’ – Schools & Charities Version

  • The Civic Education Project (CEP), an international non-profit organization, has supported grassroots efforts to reform higher education (very good description of how it’s been used and some take aways). Teaching and Learning Resources: BaFa-BaFa Game.
  • Sonoma State University Debriefing from BaFa’  BaFa’ (excellent series of discussion questions pertaining to creating and communicating in a community setting).
  • Debwewin project website: anti-racism initiative for […]

Cohesion Through Diversity

A presentation before the Indiana State Office of Minority Health at the Minority Health Conference on August 21, 2009: Cohesion Through Diversity pdf (pdf)

Cohesion Through Diversity

Indiana State Office of Minority Health

Minority Health Conference

R. Garry Shirts, Ph.D.

Thank you for that introduction.

I’m delighted to be here.

For the past 40 years I’ve been creating a type of learning experience called simulations. In the type I design, groups of 30 to 40 people interact from 3 to 8 hours within a set of rules designed to create emotions and challenges that are similar to real life. During this time they do such activities as set goals, allocate resources, negotiate, compete for resources, make alliances, use or abuse power and, in general, try to solve problems or meet challenges that develop during the experience.

These simulations have a game like quality, but I don’t like to refer to them as games, as games almost always have a zero sum outcome. In other words, one group or individual wins and another loses. In the simulation there may be winners and losers, but more often than not, if the groups and individuals cooperate everyone can win.

BaFa’ BaFa’, one of the most popular simulations I’ve created, was designed to give people the same kinds of feelings one gets when experiencing another culture.

I believe the person who learns the most from a simulation is the person who designed it. To design one, one must research the topic, try out many different prototypes, and view the topic from many different perspectives. It is an ideal way to learn about individuals and groups because you are always asking yourself, how will the participants react to this rule, requirement […]

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