June 2011
Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources 
CD Proudly Sponsors the Global Youth Forum!

Exciting Opportunity For Students Ages 13-18  

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Cultural Detective is extremely excited about this upcoming event, and very proud to be able to support internationally-minded youth in this way.


People to People International (PTPI) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that since 1956 has promoted international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural and humanitarian activities. With a motto of "Peace through understanding," more than 80,000 families and individuals have participated in its programs for students and adults. PTPI has a presence in 135 countries and offices in Kansas City, Berlin and Cairo.


The annual four-day "Global Youth Forum" is a conference that brings together students from around the world who are interested in promoting international friendship and bettering the world we live in. Students meet and hear amazing guest speakers, participate in interactive workshops, and bring home tools that will help them promote peace and understanding in their communities. Cultural Detective is proudly sponsoring this year's 10th anniversary event.


The event will take place November 9-13, and scholarships are available. Be sure to let the young people in your life know about this terrific event! We look forward to seeing you there! 


Groundbreaking Workshop July 25-29

From the Margins to the Center:
Intercultural Identity as a Revolutionary Act  

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The DMIS-CD-PL online learning was a sell-out event that took intercultural competence practice to a whole new level, and the participants have absolutely run with the process! It has been so encouraging. The next really exciting new event on our calendar is this Summer Institute Workshop. Do NOT miss it!    

  • Why do organizations "hire diversity" only to fail to incorporate those differing perspectives into decision making?
  • Why do some blended-culture individuals become world-class innovators while others feel disenfranchised and invisible?
  • Is there a value in deliberately fostering a quality of cultural marginality, in ourselves and others?
  • Can we translate that quality into an opportunity to bring forth positive social and organizational leadership and change?

Click below to learn more about this session. Click on the ICI logo above to learn more about the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication. We look forward to seeing you in Oregon! 


Culture and the Use of Office Space

Book Review of Office Code: Building Connections between Cultures and Workplace Design                

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Edward T. Hall is widely regarded as the founder of the field of intercultural communication. Some of his most insightful writings on the topic focus on architecture.

"We can measure with a tape whether or not a man can reach something, but we must apply an entirely different set of standards to judge the validity of an individual's feeling of being cramped."

(quote from The Hidden Dimension


Hall used floor plans, sense charts, thermal diaries, and ethnographic approaches to better understand people's use of the spaces in which they lived and worked. His book, The Fourth Dimension in Architecture (co-written with his first wife Mildred), looked at how the architecture of a building influences those who work in it.


Fast-forward 45 years and we find that the Steelcase company, manufacturers of office furnishings, have a "Workspace Futures" research group that has taken up where Hall left off. Their book Office Code: Building Connections between Cultures and Workplace Design, summarizes research they've conducted on office layout in six EU nations. Cultural Detective author and book reviewer par excellence, George Simons, has written a terrific review. If you work in the intercultural field, be sure to pay special attention to the review's final three paragraphs.  

CD Facilitator Certification at SIIC
July 22-24 in Portland Oregon USA
CD Facilitator Training Participants, Spain


Experienced professionals as well as those new to the intercultural field find incredible value in these powerful workshops. Register to attend  now!  


"Cultural Detective is a clearly defined process and a very useful tool to being able to bridge cultures."
- participant in a certification in India


"Cultural Detective harnesses the power and beauty of working with heart-felt values."
- participant in a certification in Spain


"Cultural Detective has allowed us to move forward with our plans to improve and expand our cross cultural communication and competency trainings."

- participant in an in-house certification


"Cultural Detective increases effectiveness, pure and simple."

- participant in a certification in Switzerland   

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Traveling to China?

Use CD Author Victor Garza's Free Travel Guide            

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Co-author of Cultural Detective China, Victor Garza is an incredible photographer who is constantly traveling our planet. As the editors of MORE magazine tell us, Victor "is one of the few people in the world who has traveled from Beijin to Kashgar, Harbin to Hainan, and seen every province in China."

Pour a cup of tea or choujiu and let's do some armchair traveling, at the least, while Victor shows us the ropes!


Breaking Stereotypes with OECD Data
Members of Which Nation Work the Most Hours Each Day?

If you have reviewed the latest OECD Social Indicators, you have found quite a few statistics that can help to put some perspective on reality. One of the most striking is the average number of work hours per day, paid and unpaid. If you haven't yet seen the data, be sure to guess which country's citizens work the longest before you click below! 


 Constructivist Foundation of Intercultural Communication
October 20-23 in Milan, Italy Course by Milton Bennett

Intercultural communication is a young field, born well after Einstein's contribution of time/space relativity to physics and the translation of that idea into anthropology as cultural relativity. It addressed the then-new question, "if you have your own worldview, and I have mine, how can we understand each other?" Early interculturalists gave a powerful answer to that question: we must construct a bridge between them. The course shows how this constructivist idea generated the intercultural theory and applications that are still in use today.     


Interculturalists need to know these roots of their identity, so they can rightfully claim the intercultural perspective and not confuse themselves with other, less powerful approaches to cross-cultural relations.    


This course is intended for both new and experienced interculturalists who wish to be more effective in their research, teaching, training, coaching, or other applications. Download course information here.   


October 24-25 in Milan, Italy Course by Lee Knefelkamp

Perhaps it is a sign of our success in intercultural education that people these days seldom question the existence of diverse cultures. They are more often concerned about how to maintain respectful intercultural relations when there are major cultural disagreements about gender relations, personal freedom, or communal responsibility. This course explores how that could be accomplished through William Perry's Scheme of Cognitive and Ethical Development, a developmental model that parallels in some respects the DMIS. The scheme suggests that the alternative to dualistic (good/bad) ethnocentrism is not "anything goes" multiplicity. Rather, increased intercultural sensitivity should be accompanied by contextual relativism - the ability to understand "goodness" in different contexts, and finally to commit to an ethical course while simultaneously recognizing its cultural relativity. Download course information here . 

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