UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

Applied ICD

UNESCO. (2021). UNESCO recommendation on open science. Paris, France: UNESCO. (Also available in French and Spanish.)

This report was adopted unanimously by 193 UNESCO member states in November 2021.

Open dialogue with other knowledge systems refers to the dialogue between different knowledge holders, that recognizes the richness of diverse knowledge systems and epistemologies and diversity of knowledge producers in line with the 2001 UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. It aims to promote the inclusion of knowledge from traditionally marginalized scholars and enhance inter-relationships and complementarities between diverse epistemologies, adherence to international human rights norms and standards, respect for knowledge sovereignty and governance, and the recognition of rights of knowledge holders to receive a fair and equitable share of benefits that may arise from the utilization of their knowledge. (p. 15)

(See also the related International Science Council publication Science as a global public good, issued in 2020, which set the stage by arguing that “The social contract is shifting to one in which science is open to society: transparent and participative” (p. 20). Both publications emphasize the need for intercultural and international dialogues among knowledge workers.)

One Small Step: Moving Towards Dialogue

Applied ICDRengers, Carrie. (2021, November 21. “It’s hard to hate up close”: How Wichita’s are taking One Small Step to bridge the political divideThe Wichita Eagle.

It’s hard to hate up close. (Dave Isey, founder of both StoryCorps and One Small Step)

“Wichita is a test market for One Small Step, which brings together pairs of people with differing beliefs for approximately 40-minute recorded discussions aimed at conquering dehumanization across political lines. The point is to search for common ground – not in politics, but in humanity.

Like StoryCorps’ vignettes, One Small Step’s conversations will be stored at the Library of Congress.

…’We’re all socialized to move immediately into debate, and debate is a game to win,’ [Peter T.] Coleman said. He said One Small Step isn’t about debate but dialogue.” (emphasis added)


Taos Institute: Dialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times

Applied ICDDialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times, Taos Institute (Online), February 24-26, 2022 (3 hours/day).

Dialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times
February 24-26, 2022
12:00 – 3:00 pm EST (New York time)
3-day online seminar with Sheila McNamee and Harlene Anderson

In this intensive, 9-hour Zoom seminar spread over 3 days (3 hours each day), Harlene and Sheila will introduce, discuss, and provide opportunities to put constructionist theory to practice. Given the challenges we confront globally, discussion will center on exploring the practical implications of social construction while giving ample space for us to collaborate in an effort to put these ideas into practice. Special attention will be given to participants’ own projects and professional contexts. We will provide ample time for sharing and interacting.

This workshop will be useful for those familiar with social construction and relational practice as well as those new or unfamiliar with these ideas. This is an opportunity to be in conversation with others who are working in or who want to work in relational ways. It is a chance to forge connections that might help us sustain relational practices. Readings and other resource materials will be provided prior to the course.

12′ Refugee Puppet Sparks ICD

Applied ICDAlex Marshall, Carlotta Gall and Elisabetta Povoledo. (2021, November 10). Four months, 5,000 miles: A refugee puppet looks for home. New York Times.

Throughout the trek, the 12-foot-tall puppet — which required up to four people to control — would make over 140 stops in eight countries, at venues ranging from refugee camps to the Royal Opera House in London. Those would include theatrical spectacles, including a final event in Manchester, England, as well as spontaneous encounters, with Amal (whose name means hope in Arabic) simply walking through a city or village and seeing what happens.

Little Amal represents a 9-year-old Syrian girl separated from her family, searching for her mother from Turkey to England. The goal is for her plight, representing that of refugee children more generally, to spark conversations. The map of her walk, and further information about the project’s goals and outcomes, is available here. A TED talk by the artistic director, Amir Nizar Zuabi, is available here.

Deliberative Democracy & ICD

Applied ICDThomas, Nancy L. (2009). Deliberative democracy and intercultural dialogue: An international agenda. Diversity & Democracy, 12(1).

Although their language and context differ, the forces behind the American deliberative democracy and the European intercultural dialogue initiatives–the goals of inclusion, justice, and freedom in society and in policymaking–are similar.

“Both emphasize intergroup relationship building and understanding. American democracy-builders have come to understand the importance of dialogue as more than “just talk.” Dialogue and informed deliberation are necessary for realizing goals of personal and cultural transformation and collective action. For colleges and universities throughout the world, the challenge is to create teaching and learning experiences that cultivate students’ skills in inclusive dialogue, public reasoning, conflict negotiation, and social and political action. If recent conversations are any indicator, this is indeed a global agenda.”

Nancy L. Thomas directs the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. IDHE is an applied research center that studies higher education’s role in American democracy and supports college and university student political learning and participation.

Circular & Intercultural Cities

Applied ICDIntercultural Cities. (2021). Policy brief: Circular and Intercultural Cities: Including Migrants and Diversity in Circular, Green and Inclusive Economic Models. Strasbourg, France: Council of Europe.

Diversity is a reality which we should celebrate and benefit from. (p. 5)

“The Intercultural Cities (ICC) programme of the Council of Europe has commissioned Nordic Sustainability to develop this policy brief. The aim is that it can be used as a resource for cities on how best to integrate the agendas of interculturalism and green development through the lens of the circular economy concept…Taking the core principles of the intercultural approach into account, green sustainable development policies and actions should also ensure equal rights and opportunities for all.” (p. 3)

This brief explains “how the intercultural and the circular economy development agendas are interrelated” and shares examples of best practice for moving forward with both agendas simultaneously, while pursuing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (p. 3).

Film Competition: African Folktales Reimagined

Applied ICD

Short Film competition, African Folktales, Reimagined, UNESCO and Netflix. Deadline: November 14, 2021.


Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. Specifically, each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of Netflix and industry mentors to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the 6 winners will also receive US$25,000.

One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. Organizers want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) as well as links to a recent CV and a portfolio/evidence of any past audiovisual work they have produced.

Additional press coverage by The Guardian, and Variety.

Passage of Dialogue (Poland)

Applied ICDShortle, Honey. (2021, October 5). The new face of the Świdnickie pass: A space for dialogue was created there. Randrlife.

A place that invites the people of Wroclaw to joint discussions and meetings is an invaluable initiative –Bartomeg Potocki, Director of the Immigrant Rights Institute

Przejście Świdnickie [Passage of Dialogue] is an information point where people can learn about current social activities carried out by Wrocław institutions and NGOs. It is also a place  for workshops, and conversations with local activists. There are 350 square meters available, divided into 8 spaces. It is intended as a space where residents of Wroclaw can meet, understand one another, and collaborate to support the development of dialogue. The spaces include a green area with more than 40 plants, a gallery, an exhibition space, and a co-working area. Discussions, exhibitions, workshops and small concerts will be organized; residents can submit events for consideration. The Passage also offers information for migrants looking for support in everyday and official matters. The inaugural event will be Dialogopolis’21 – Month of Intercultural Dialogue and Education, held in October 2021.

Global Citizenship Education

Applied ICD

Bosio, E., & Schattle, H. (2021). Ethical global citizenship education: From neoliberalism to a values-based pedagogy. Prospects, 1-11.

…over the past 20 years, there has been increasing interest in GCE as a means of supporting learners in developing their values, knowledge, and understanding of multiple global, national, and local issues.

This article proposes an ethical global citizenship education (GCE) framework by offering the following five dimensions: values-creation, identity progression, collective involvement, glocal disposition, and an intergenerational mindset. Ethical GCE draws on a multiplicity of critical literatures to identify characteristics of each of these dimensions. It goes beyond neoliberal/market-driven principles toward ethical perspectives promoting social responsibility, justice, human rights, and glocal sustainability. With further theoreti- cal development and strategies toward implementation, the framework has the potential to be deployed in future research and evaluation of the complex teaching and learning pro- cesses involved in GCE, particularly in a values-based perspective.

Note: Even though this article does not address intercultural dialogue directly, it seems likely that global citizenship education would only help bring about more intercultural dialogues.


EIUC Electoral Observers Training 2021 (Italy)

Applied ICD

Training seminar for International Electoral Observers, Global Campus of Human Rights, Venice, Italy, 15-20 November 2021. Deadline: 29 October 2021.

The Global Campus of Human Rights has developed a course aiming at providing training to civilian staff in election observation missions at the first steps of their career (i.e. short term observers). Selected applicants will be allowed to become aware of the role, the tasks and the status of international observers, and will be given a theoretical and practical training on election observation and election observation missions functioning. The training will take place in Venice, at the Global Campus of Human Rights Headquarters, from 15-20 November 2021.

After the successful brand new online edition of February 2021, a second edition of the course will offer selected participants a new challenging experience in distance learning education.

%d bloggers like this: