In recent months, the Covid-19 measures have forced us to become effective in the digital world. For many organizations and individuals this was a steep learning curve: working from home, homeschooling, online training, etc. The transition was sometimes achieved in just a few days. As the first wave of online working and learning is behind us, we all have become aware that we will continue to work this way for a long time to come. That is why I invite you in this inspiration mail to take a deeper look at the effectiveness of online learning interventions, especially intercultural learning.
Many of you will be working from home, which may at times feel like the eye of the storm.
Many of you will be working from home, in frequent online exchange with international partners to manage the implications of the pandemic in your work area. We hope that you, your family and friends are all well.
The mind as crucial factor Years ago I got intrigued by the relations between culture, mind and brain. At the ‘Sietar Deutschland 2012 Forum’ new research on cultural neuroscience was presented and that evoked huge discussions amongst the audience. As interculturalists we understood something about the impact of culture on the brain by watching photos of fMRI scans comparing Chinese and North-American persons in various experimental settings. We also got a glimpse of the interrelationship between brain and culture, but many of us couldn’t really grasp the core and stayed behind with a lot of questions.
A year later at the Sietar Europe Congress in Tallinn I attended Joseph Shaules’ seminar on ‘Applying Cultural Neuroscience to Intercultural Training and Education’. That session was eye-opening in the sense that he introduced the ‘mind’ as crucial additional factor in the interrelationship between brain and culture. A factor that until today is often overseen or underestimated.
May I invite you to join my journey into brain, mind and culture in this blog?
In February 2015 I conducted two webinars for Sietar Europe on ‘Tacit knowledge, culture and informal learning’. Watch the recording above.
Tacit knowledge can be defined as implicit, non-conscious and unacknowledged knowledge. It is silently acquired through practice, socialization and habits. Routines are a form of this non-conscious knowledge, as are cultural values and norms. Tacit knowledge was formulated by philosopher Polyani. “We know more
This collection of Reflections on Intercultural Craftsmanship offers an insightful and sometimes entertainingly fresh perspective on intercultural effectiveness. The starting point is our own cultural logic, the set of assumptions that we unwittingly take with us throughout our lives, and the manner in which they influence our interaction with people from a different cultural background. It is about our brain, about our intuitive mind that quickly reacts from our own deeply-rooted norms and values, about the impact of bias and stereotyping, and of course, about the development of intercultural competences in order to become more interculturally effective.
Currently worldwide we face huge challenges to deal with the COVID-19 virus. Many of us need to stay at home. If you and your organisations would still like to continue learning, get into touch about the online options: a series of webinars, individual coaching or a even SPOC (Small Private Online Course). I have been a qualified online and blended trainer since 2013 and offer tailor-made solutions for your organisation. Stay safe!