Take “the Other” to Lunch

Applied ICDElizabeth Lesser suggests we take “the Other” to lunch in a TED talk posted in 2010, but getting a lot of views this year (and now translated into 31 languages). She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue – by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what they think and why.

For further information about the concept of “Otherness and the Other,” there’s a Key Concept, written by Peter Praxmarer, and a CID Poster available as well.

The Urgency of Intersectionality

Applied ICDGust Yep described the concept of intersectionality in Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 49, published on this site in 2015. For those who want more information about the concept, Kimberlé Crenshaw, the lawyer who invented the term, gave a TED Talk in 2016,  The Urgency of Intersectionality. (She also coined the term “Critical race theory.”) Among other comments, she says: “When there’s no name for a problem, you can’t see a problem. When you can’t see a problem, you can’t solve it.”

A later and longer discussion of intersectionality is this:

Yep, G. A. (2016). Toward thick (er) intersectionalities: Theorizing, researching, and activating the complexities of communication and identities. In K. Sorrells & S. Sekimoto (Eds.), Globalizing intercultural communication: A reader (pp. 86-94). Sage Publications.

Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy (Italy)

Applied ICDSummer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy, 27 August – 5 September 2018, Venice, Italy. Deadline: 20 June 2018.

The Summer School in Cinema Human Rights and Advocacy is a training initiative jointly developed by the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) and Cinema Rights and Human Advocacy (CHRA).

The 10-day intense training is aimed at young professionals wishing to broaden their understanding on the connections between human rights, films, digital media and video advocacy, to share ideas and foster participatory and critical thinking on urgent human rights issues, debate with experts and filmmakers from all over the world during the 75thVenice international Film Festival and learn how to use films as a tool for social and cultural change.

UNESCO Survey on ICD

Applied ICDA new report, entitled the UNESCO Survey on Intercultural Dialogue 2017, presents the findings of groundbreaking survey developed by the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. This was the first UNESCO survey on intercultural dialogue conducted among its Member States. It was designed to take stock of the current conceptual understanding, policies, and legislation, as well as available data, resources and main stakeholders in this field.

The results provide unique perspective on country-specific policies on intercultural dialogue. They also offer a point of analysis for monitoring and policymaking purposes. The survey was sent to all 199 National Commissions for UNESCO in six official languages.

Key findings include:

  1. Defining intercultural dialogue: Context is crucial to defining and applying intercultural dialogue.

  2. Policy framework: The majority of respondents (71%) state that an intercultural dialogue policy is in place in their country, while only 38% of respondents confirmed the existence of a definition of intercultural dialogue at national level.

  3. Challenges: Past and present conflicts and violence represent significant and complex challenges to bringing different people together in dialogue.

  4. Enabling factors: An environment based on respect, tolerance and acceptance is essential to enable intercultural dialogue to thrive.

Paper Airplanes: English Tutors Wanted (Summer/Fall 2018)

Applied ICDPaper Airplanes is looking for English tutors for summer and fall terms. Summer term will run from June 17-August 31, 2018. Fall term will run from September 9-December 16, 2018. The application is available here.

Paper Airplanes provides free, one-on-one virtual language and skills instruction to people affected by conflict. Our goal is to help our students learn critical languages and marketable skills for their pursuit of higher education and employment. No prior tutoring experience or Arabic language skills required, although both are appreciated. Please contact Paper Airplanes Director of Programming, Dr. Anna Farrell, with any questions.

Using Technology to Aid Migration: MigApp

Applied ICDWith 250 million international migrants, and 750 million internal migrants, 1 in 7 people in the world now is a migrant (MigApp Data Sheet, 2017). The International Organization for Migration (IOM, the UN migration agency) has developed MigApp to provide a platform for migrants to use in sharing their experiences, as well as to access verified and accurate information. Migrants also gain a translation tool to use with healthcare professionals and a low-cost way to transfer money (necessary because international migrants from developing countries send home over USD$600 billion annually.). Governments gain a platform to use in directly informing migrants of policies, such as visa regulations. IOM gains a tool to get information about their programs directly to migrants, learn what information is most useful, and what else is needed by the population they serve.

IOM Definition of “Migrant”“IOM defines a migrant as any person who is moving or has moved across an international border or within a State away from his/her habitual place of residence, regardless of (1) the person’s legal status; (2) whether the movement is voluntary or involuntary; (3) what the causes for the movement are; or (4) what the length of the stay is. IOM concerns itself with migrants and migration‐related issues and, in agreement with relevant States, with migrants who are in need of international migration services.”

SPEAK: Crowdsourcing Language and Culture Exchange

Applied ICDSPEAK is a language and culture exchange that fights intolerance by promoting diversity, creating new networks and sharing languages. It is primarily based in Portugal (a country that is doing a particularly good job at accepting and integrating new immigrants), but also Spain, Germany, and Italy.

From their website: “SPEAK is a linguistic and cultural program built to bring people closer together – a crowdsourcing language and culture exchange between migrants and locals that breaks barriers, promotes multilingualism, equality and democratizes language learning. Anyone can apply to learn or teach any language or culture including those of the country where they are residing. Continue reading “SPEAK: Crowdsourcing Language and Culture Exchange”

BBC Series: Crossing Divides

Applied ICDBBC is running a series titled “Crossing Divides” which should be relevant to many followers of CID. The latest video is Two cultures, two languages, two teachers…one classroom. It shows the work of Hand in Hand, an organization which brings together thousands of Jews and Arabs in six schools and communities throughout Israel.

NOTE: Hand in Hand has a variety of volunteer and internship opportunities for those interested.

Intercultural Cities and Quality of Life

Applied ICDSince 2008, the Council of Europe, through its flagship programme Intercultural Cities, has supported more than 120 local authorities in Europe and around the world, in designing and implementing inclusive policies and strategies for migrant and refugee integration according to the Intercultural approach. Based on the notion of “diversity advantage”, these strategies are founded on the assumption that diversity can be an asset for communities if managed in a positive and competent way; they mobilise leaders, policy officials, professionals, businesses and civil society towards re-shaping city policies and services to make them more effective and engage citizens in building an understanding of the societies’ diversity(ies) as a competitive advantage for all.

A new study by the Migration Policy Group enquires whether the Intercultural integration approach advocated by the Council of Europe, leads to a better quality of life in diverse cities. The results confirm a strong statistical link between local intercultural policies and local well-being.

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Global Governance & International Law Summer School (Belgium)

Applied ICDGLOBAL GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW SUMMER SCHOOL, 2- 6 JULY 2018, Leuven, Belgium.

The Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (University of Leuven) and the Dean Rusk International Law Center (University of Georgia School of Law) are delighted to welcome you to study international law and global governance with us over the course of the week.

Through lectures, discussions, and a high-level conference, you will explore global governance – how state, regional, and international legal regimes, plus individuals, corporations, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, networks, and other nonstate actors interact. A range of global challenges will be discussed, such as trade and sustainable development, peace and security, human rights, the rule of law, and democracy.

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