Cross-Cultural Communication in Fragile States

USIP logoCross-Cultural Communication in Fragile States

Event Location
U.S. Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC
Start Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 – 9:00am
End Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013 – 5:00pm

How often have we heard the refrain, “We failed to understand the culture”? Most professionals are not prepared to operate in an environment of sudden stress, to remember key cultural lessons while under pressure. Participants will practice “reframing solutions” as they respond to differences in high and low context communication styles, individual versus collective organization, power distance, and temporal orientation.

Instructor: Peter Weinberger

Time and time again, we have heard the refrain about work in fragile states, “We failed to understand the culture.”  Most pre-deployment briefings do not prepare professionals to operate in an environment of sudden stress, to remember key cultural lessons while under pressure.

This course shows how to reframe solutions, to deal with local peoples respectfully while addressing functional problems on the ground. Learn and practice differences in high‐ and low‐context communication styles, individual versus collective organization, power distance, and temporal orientation.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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