The Beta Culture. This simulation has been modified from the original version. Prepared by: Jennifer Robertson, Valencia College, 2014. Overview. You are a capitalist society , and you put great emphasis on wealth accumulation .
The Beta Culture
Thissimulation has beenmodifiedfromthe original version.
Prepared by: Jennifer Robertson, Valencia College, 2014
You are a capitalistsociety, and youputgreatemphasisonwealthaccumulation.
Thisis a veryindividualistic culture thatvaluesthepersonoverthegroup. Youwanttogetahead and workhardtogetthere, no matterwhatthecost.
Thereis no hierarchy in the Beta culture. Everyoneisequal, includingthegenders.
Greeteachotherwith a nod of thehead.
Youdo notliketotalkaboutthefamilyorhowmuchwealthpeoplehave. In a group, Betansliketotalkaboutwork.
Youdo notliketo stand closewhentalkingorto be touched, especiallyontheshoulder. Thisis a hugeinsult. Betanswillnot do businesswithanyonewhotouchesthemontheshoulder and theywilltellotherBetansnotto do businesswiththem.
Whenanypersonjoins a group, he orsheisreadilywelcomedintotheconversation.
Youmeasure a person’svaluebyhowwell he orsheperforms in themarketplace, butyouthinkthatitisimpoliteto show howmuchwealthyouhavetoothers. You NEVER discussyourwealth.
Youare familiar withtheAlphan culture, and youare veryinterested in obtainingtheir “clips.” Youalsoliketotradesomething similar called “clasps.”
Betanshave a special trading languagewhichthey use with ANYONE whowantstotrade. Itmeans, “Can I have# of those?” as following(pointtowhatyouwant):
Ba – oneBa Fá, Ba - three
Ba Fá– twoBa Fá, Ba Fá- four