In 2011 UNESCO declared that the key aspects of working interculturally are:
- Self awareness
- Self Reflection
- Flexibility & adaptability
- Relationship building
- Cultural humility
Of all the places in the world where we should be seeking to model intercultural approaches into our being, Australia is that place!
As I walk my path through work and life there are contant lessons about these values and there application in working with diverse communities. My colleague Melissa Greenwood talks about 'shifting our lens' to see through the eyes of another. I'm so excited to be working with Melissa to develop approaches that will help individuals to understand their own lens, create space for others and see the potential in moving forwards together. We look forward to offering our workshops in "Building Intercultural Capacity" later this year.
So here is something to thing about in the meantime "What are my cultural values, beliefs. attitudes and connections?" and "What are my cultural blindspots?"