The following resources discussing intercultural dialogue as a concept may be of help to those preparing entries for the Center for Intercultural Dialogue 2019 Video Competition.
Reminder: the question to answer in 2019 is: How do social media influence intercultural dialogue?
Short, basic definitions for the two concepts that must be addressed by any video:
1) Intercultural dialogue is the term for what happens when people from different cultural backgrounds attempt to understand one other’s assumptions. Culture is a general term that includes all sorts of learned behavioral patterns. Intercultural communication is generally accepted as including international, interracial, interethnic, and interfaith. Intercultural dialogue is deliberate, active rather than passive. It is NOT the same as cultural analysis (understanding how one culture does things), or cross-cultural analysis (comparing how two different cultures do things).
2) Social media refers to any tool using the internet to help people communicate, especially when they are not in the same place at the same time. It includes such applications as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WeChat, WhatsApp, and Tumblr, among others. You can limit your consideration to any one of these, or consider several. But don’t just describe the social media by themselves! The question you must answer is how the social media you choose to address influence intercultural dialogue. That means, what changes when people of different cultural backgrounds try to understand one another when they are not even face-to-face? What gets harder? What becomes easier?
Any of the winning videos from the 2018 CID Video Competition should be helpful in providing models of what last year’s judges deemed the most worthy entries. Remember that those participants were answering a different question (What does intercultural dialogue look like?).
CID issues a number of publications that are designed to expand understanding of intercultural dialogue at greater length than the sort explanations above, but still only in 1 or 2 pages. A few that may be of particular help to newcomers to the topic are these:
Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue
#1: Intercultural dialogue
#8: Public dialogue
#10: Cross-cultural dialogue
#81: Dialogue as a Space of Relationship
#84: Double Intercultural Dialogue
If you have further questions, see previously published competition rules, and FAQ. See the reflection by one winning team on creating their video. Or send an email with a question. When you’re ready to submit an entry, click here.