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The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence is a global non-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to connecting researchers and practitioners across disciplines, sectors, languages and countries to advance the knowledge, research and praxis of intercultural competence globally in the pursuit of a more peaceful world. The World Council community is comprised of collaborative network of intercultural experts and scholars (some of whom are ICC Advisors to the World Council), educators, students, policymakers, practitioners across all sectors, and anyone passionate about intercultural and global competence from around the world who come together through numerous working groups to learn from and with each other. The World Council is also active in publishing some of the latest work on intercultural and global competence through its bi-annual publication Intercultural Connector and blog. The World Council promotes concrete methodologies for developing intercultural competence such as the UNESCO Story Circles. Its community members are interested in researching various aspects of intercultural and global competence and translating such research into real-world application, through grant-funded projects, toolkits, and other resources. The World Council collaborates with other organizations around the world with complimentary missions (Founding Affiliates). Join the World Council community today!
There has been over 60 years of scholarly work on the concepts of intercultural and global competence, much of that in the Global North. There are over 30 terms used for these concepts and many different definitions. Below, we provide the first research-based definition of intercultural competence, along with a recent definition of global competence. The World Council does not endorse any framework or definition and encourages the continued exploration of these concepts. Furthermore, the World Council focuses on interactions across difference, whatever those differences may be (i.e. gender, generation, religion, race, socio-economic status, etc.).
- Intercultural Competence is the lifelong process of developing targeted knowledge, skills, and attitudes leading to behaviour and communication that are both effective andappropriate in intercultural interactions (Deardorff, 2006, 2017)
- Global Competence is the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues, tounderstand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others, to engage in open,appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development. (PISA, 2018)
The World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence connects researchers and practitioners across disciplines, languages, and countries to advance knowledge, research, and praxis of intercultural competence globally.
To foster a foundation for intercultural understanding across individual and societal differences in pursuit of a more peaceful world.
The World Council is grounded in four principles:
- Global Collaboration –brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world on issues related to intercultural competence development and assessment, forming a global collaborative network
- Interdisciplinarity –promotes cross-fertilization of disciplinary insights, a great need in intercultural competence research
- Praxis –encourages links between research, reflection, and practice/action
- Engagement –engages a wide variety of stakeholders, beyond researchers, through outreach and technology
- Intercultural Connector online publication
- UNESCO Intercultural Facilitators Network (trained in UNESCO intercultural methodology)
- ICC Global Researchers’ Network
- Working Groups on Intercultural and Global Competence*
- World Council virtual events
- Online platform that serves as a connecting place for intercultural and global competence resources in different languages and disciplines
- Regional think tanks on intercultural competence, bringing together researchers, thought leaders, practitioners, and other stakeholders
- Seals of Excellence
- Intercultural and global projects
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