In addition to the ethnic culture we are born into a regional culture. Life experiences are largely based on the geographical area where one is raised. A region could be:
- a group of states, such as the religion of “The Bible Belt”
- an entire state, like the gambling culture of Nevada
- parts of a state, Michigan's Upper Peninsula v. Detroit for example
- a city, considering the cultures specific to Boston
Because of the transient nature of society, regional cultural traits are picked up originally from our parents and then modified or added to as we move from one region to another.
The most common regional culture is one's nationality. People share experiences and learn to react in certain ways based on their nation. Overlay that with state or provincial cultures and you begin to see the complexity of this cultural distinction.
Regional cultures do not necessarily recognize borders. For this reason Max has developed an experiential learning exercise as a fun way to learn some of the differences between regional cultures based on continents. Click here to go to it.
© Max Impact, used with permission.
- Employment Diversity in Michigan, a human resources networking group on LinkedIn.
- Cultural roadmap, look at the contents of the character within each of us.
- Cultural Faux Pas and Culture Quizzes are interesting quizzes to test your diversity knowledge.
- Max Impact offers free leadership training and development materials.
- Keep your workforce motivated with these motivational quotes.
- Diversity books and training materials.
Learn more about today’s generations: