Cross-cultural Dignity: Some Rhymed Reflections

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by Francisco Cardosa Gomes de Matos, a peace linguist-educator from Recife, Brazil. Dedicated to Michael Prosser Crossculturally are we learning to live?To Global Cross-cultural Dignity what can we give? When aspects of cultures we compareDo we show them as mutually dignifying pairs?When aspects of cultures we describeHow wisely do we deal with cultural norms they prescribe? Crossculturally, how will Humankind advance?By educating every person/community cross-cultural cooperation to enhance Crossculturally Dignity: when do we seriously violate?When our culture from other cultures we narrow-mindedly isolate Crossculturally how can the world improve East and West?When crossculturally dignifying ways we share our best When […]

Leading with Intercultural and Global Competence

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In a joint effort, the Center for Global Education at Asia Society and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) identified four global competencies students need in order to be successful. These include having the knowledge and skills to 1) investigate the world, characterized by a desire to learn more about the world outside one’s immediate environment; 2) recognize perspectives, characterized by self-awareness and understanding of other viewpoints; 3) communicate ideas, characterized by effective verbal and non-verbal communication with diverse audiences; and 4) take action, characterized by leadership that makes a positive difference both locally and globally (Asia Society/OECD, […]

تحقيق التغيير عبر الحوار الثقافي (Making a Difference through Intercultural Dialogue)

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تحقيق التغيير عبر الحوار الثقافي  “إذا لقيت صديقك في الطريق أو في السوق، فدعِالروح الكامنة فيك تُحرك شفتيك وتوجّه لسانك.دع الصوت الهاتف وراء صوتك يتحدث إلى الأذن المُصغية من وراء أذنه؛فإن روحه تحفظ حقيقة قلبك، كما يحفظ اللسان مذاق النبيذيوم يُنسى لونه وتُطوى كأسُه”. -النبي، جبران خليل جبران‬ نواجه، نحن التربويون، لحظات مصيرية في هذه المهنة تدفعنا للتأمل في الأثر الذي يتركه عملنا على الآخرين والأسباب الكامنة وراء ما نقوم به. أستذكر الآن أكثر اللحظات تميزاً في عام 2016، وبالتحديد يومَ كنت أعمل منسّقة برنامج لبرامج التبادل عبر الإنترنت في إحدى المنظمات المتخصصة بالتعليم الثقافي. كنت آنذاك في زيارة ميدانية […]

Deeper Diving for Intercultural Policy

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Part I: More Questions than Answers In the summer of 2018, my family and I made an unplanned trip to Montgomery, Alabama to see the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) newly installed Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  The profound interactive archive and memorial of racial inequality left me breathless as I considered my nation’s history laid bare for all the world to see.  I contemplated the inhumanity that took place many years ago and the injustices that continue today, all with the permission of our legal system.  A brief conversation about reparations with one of the docents […]

Food Memories: Baking and Breaking Bread in Spain

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I had the privilege of living in Madrid, Spain, for the greater part of six years where I spent most of my time working as an ESL teacher at a public school during the day, a private ESL tutor on evenings and weekends, and lastly a tour guide focusing on the history and influence of food in Spanish culture. One of the main holidays in Spain is called Reyes Magos, or Three Kings Day, and is celebrated on January 6th. The food most typically associated with the holiday in Spain is a roscón de reyes. The roscón is a round […]