Theme: Promoting Culture Competency.
In the social context in general and on the organizational level in particular, culture education can enhance one’s character development, understanding and application of acceptable behavior, respect and appreciation, purposeful and nurtured relationships, productivity, and progress.
Cultural edification can be linked to one’s ability to understand different traditional perspectives while effectively connecting social strands that blend societies through a multitude of lenses. Therefore, daily, I clean my lens to see something refreshing and rewarding.
Carl Gustav Jung said, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” With that powerful quote! I seek to learn more about me through the exchange of ideas and the observation of what appears to be a practical way of conduct for others.
Today, I challenge you to learn more about yourself by meaningful interactions with others, to include your acquaintances and strangers.
Over the next month, place emphasis on relationship building by actively seeking to learn about different cultures that exist in your environment. Make it a point to meet at least four people from different countries and ethnicities while wearing your learning hat.
Each week, constructively discuss cultural norms from the standpoint of education, family diversity, community behavior and significant events that are important to each other and share why such norms are important. As you peel back the onion, ensure the flavors of your discussions focus on how to improve perception and awareness through respect and appreciation of being different. In doing so, assess the similarities for likeness.
Plan to host or meet for coffee or tea, go to a luncheon or dinner, or extend an invitation into each other’s home. As your engagement deepens, think on terms of what is inherently important to each culture and how to reduce misinterpretations.
During this time, connect with existing interests by sharing worthy thoughts on the roles that you play (or will play) within family interactions, at your school, place of employment, and within your community to actively promote cultural diversity. This is essential because it can be hard to navigate today’s interwoven roads using outdated maps.
At the end of the month draw your summary of the engagements. Assess what you have learned and what you will do with this particular knowledge. Furthermore, share your experiences with your family, to a school audience or at the workplace as part of a culture diversity session.
You will learn and share vital information that will bridge the gaps in perception, communication and tolerance.
You will gain and impart knowledge that will reduce prejudice and inspire appreciation for others. At the end of this challenge you will begin a long-term quest to educate others on the historical and social importance that fosters effective communication and stability within the workplace and community.
This month forward, look within and ask:
1. Do I promote positive dialog?
2. Do I encourage diversity?
3. Do I contribute to team development?
Principles for Learning Meaningful Knowledge. Retrieved at http://www.indiana.edu/~idtheory/methods/m6c.html
The International Journal of Multicultural Education (IJME) is a great scholarly resource on cross-cultural education. Retrieved at http://ijme-journal.org/index.php/ijme
“The undertaking of building awareness is my journey of observation, interpretation, and understanding. Some of those inward conversations induce outward awareness that facilitate assiduous growth.” – Joe Shakeenab