To enter, students must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes demonstrating their understanding of intercultural dialogue. Specifically, videos must answer the question: “How do social media influence intercultural dialogue?”
In preparing an entry, remember to think about the 2 major topics and their relationship. Winning videos must take both of these into account, not merely describe one or the other.
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 can be international, interracial, interethnic, or interfaith. Intercultural dialogue is deliberate, active rather than passive. It is NOT the same as cultural analysis (understanding one culture), or cross-cultural analysis (comparing two different cultures).
2) Social media refers to any tool using the internet to help people communicate, nearly always 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 social media and how they work! 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?
If you have questions, see previously published competition rules, FAQ, and resources. See last year’s winning videos. 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.
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue