STEP 1 KNOWLEDGE
Please note that expanding your knowledge regarding different cultures is just the first step on your personal learning journey. This part of the program is not about doe’s and don’ts as cultures are not static entities but open, dynamic, complex systems. As cultures are in constant flux, people need not only to learn about “mainstream characteristics” but also master their ability to deal with changes and ongoing processes.
Certainly, cultural dexterity involves knowledge about habits, customs and traditions but it also involves knowledge of your own expectations as well as your conscious bias. Intercultural competence development requires a flexible mindset. In order to address this issue, we can involve the newest insights into the research on neuroscience before focusing on the next step NAVIGATION & OPENNESS.