We have the ability to create and make up the underlying rules, customs, agreements, expectation fields, mannerisms, communication methodologies and live them out experimentally for an hour, a day, a week, a month….
In doing so we test drive new cultures, and see how they evolve, and how well they work. We can analyze these socioeconopolitcalcultural microcosms with anthropological techniques.
If any of these cultures seem quite a healthy, we can seed them into the larger society.
I would like to propose a new field called experimental anthropology. Anthropology as it is now studies existing or past cultures. Experimental anthropology would experiment with creating new cultures – they can play with a lot of new rules that have not yet existed in human history. Experimental anthropology would then examine and research these new cultures, understanding what makes them tic, and what does not work in them.