Intercultural Flexibility - staying critical and humane
in the global mosh pit.
Trainer - Ineke Vermeulen
The purpose of this workshop is to provide you with tools for understanding your own and others' underlying values and beliefs better. This will help you become more open to anything "other" and will also provide a framework for dealing with differences without leading to conflict.
The world is at our feet, we rejoice in the many flavors of foreign foods, exotic drinks and various music types. Yet, when it comes to understanding the differences in human behavior we either hide in fear from anything "other" or over-indulge in acceptance of differences. The recent migrant/refugee crises has once again proven that fear is often the result: either fear of the flood of new people, or fear of saying/thinking anything which might be considered a prejudice or worse: racist.
During this workshop I will share how we can stay open for others without losing ourselves. As my grandmother used to say: knowing thyself is the beginning of all wisdom, so we'll start by trying to map our own values, beliefs and quirks. With these, we can work to understand where differences are compared to others, without judging either. This knowledge will help us better understand where prejudices, stereotypes and fears come from and why these aren't necessarily a bad thing. Better understanding can lead to preventing potential pitfalls and misunderstandings by openly addressing them and figuring out a way to work with them rather than ignoring the elephant in the room or even letting things implode.