Embedding Intercultural Fluency Training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transformation 

EventsEmbedding Intercultural Fluency Training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Transformation by Nitin Deckha, SIETAR Tri-State group, January 27, 2021, 11 am EST.

The SIETAR Tri-State group has organized another webinar, and CID followers are invited to participate. The webinar learning objectives are:

  • Compare and contrast how intercultural fluency training objectives relate to those of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • Distill how key intercultural concepts, such as ethnocentrism, cultural worldviews, conflict styles, communication styles, and others can intersect with diversity, equity and inclusion frameworks.

  • Assess how intercultural fluency can be better aligned with organizational equity and inclusion policies and frameworks.

  • Devise strategies to embed intercultural fluency training into workplace diversity, equity and inclusion transformation.

UNESCO Invites Contributions to Futures of Education initiative

EventsIf you are interested in participating in a cooperative CID-UNESCO focus group on the role of intercultural dialogue in the futures of education, then please read the following and send an email immediately as this event will be scheduled for late January at a mutually convenient day/time. We cannot guarantee participation, as this will be a small group, but you will also be able to organize your own event if so desired. There will only be one meeting, and then a report of the discussion sent in to UNESCO. 

UPDATE: Several focus groups are now full, thanks to the many responses – more details to be posted shortly as there are results to report.

UNESCO Futures of Education

UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative is an ambitious attempt to rethink education and help shape the future. The initiative is catalyzing a global debate on how education, learning and knowledge need to be re-imagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity.

As part of this initiative, UNESCO has appointed a high-level International Commission of thought leaders with diverse expertise and perspectives from the worlds of politics, academia, the arts, science and business. The International Commission will prepare a report, to be released in November 2021, that will provide an agenda for action and discussion by policymakers and practitioners.

The report of the International Commission will emerge out of a range of work modalities that emphasize co-creation, a broad participatory and partnership structure, the inclusion of diverse perspectives, and the absence of pre-specified conclusions. Towards this end, UNESCO is encouraging individuals, organizations and networks to organize focus group discussions with their constituencies, inputs from which will feed into to the Commission’s work.

The objective of these consultations is to generate a set of diverse perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for education and learning that can be both anticipated/predicted and imagined/envisioned when looking towards the year 2050. Rethinking as well as fully reimagining the way we live together are key dimensions explored by UNESCO; this is why the Center for Intercultural Dialogue has been approached to mobilize its members in the organization of a focus group discussion. Please send an email asap if you wish to participate!

SIETAR-BC Book Club (Canada but Online)

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SIETAR BC (British Columbia, Canada) Book Club, Jan 06, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, online.

 

SIETAR BC has just announced that they are starting a Book Club. It will be a space to share light, fun, and educational fiction and non-fiction books with others interested in intercultural relations. For the first meeting, bring a glass of wine and your book suggestions. Organizers will introduce the book club process and the group will pick four books to read in 2021. Possible themes could include women’s right, the deaf community, LGBTQIA+, Indigenous and Hispanic Peoples, International Peace, Hannukah or Kwanzaa.

Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19 (Pakistan)

EventsCultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19, as part of 23rd Sustainable Development Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan, 14-17 December, 2020.

The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. This year, keeping the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, organizers are looking at a conference where some speakers will be able to attend in person taking care of the social distancing and other precautionary measures, while the rest will participate through a web-based platform meant for virtual conference.

Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19

Culture is one of the main topics of this conference. The panel “Cultural Diplomacy in the Times of COVID-19” is scheduled on 16th December, 1.45-3.15 pm (Pakistan Standard Time). The panel is supported by both SDPI and the German foundation, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Pakistan, and will be chaired by Dr. Fatemeh Kamali- Chirani, who is affiliated with CID.

SIETAR Europa: Decoloniality, Equity and Belonging (Webinar)

EventsSIETAR Europa Webinar: Decoloniality, Equity and Belonging, by Zarine Jacob & Carlos Gonzalez Carrasco, December 14, 2020 06:00-07:00 CET.

Description: “HCI (Human Conductivity Institute) is an interdisciplinary think-tank whose purpose is to raise human consciousness. We do this by stimulating & inspiring the quality the quality of human connections (conductivity) so that relationships, people and our planet flourish. With a renewed focus on antiracism, we critically question “coloniality” to help frame our understanding of the world. The connections between intercultural understanding, white supremacy, diversity work and decoloniality are not usually articulated in corporate settings. We are enriched by the insights decoloniality has brought to our work. We will present our thoughts and invite collaborative enquiry into its relevance and application in the intercultural world, especially for those in the diversity space.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar. The webinar video-recording will be provided after the event on the SIETAR Europa YouTube Channel.

Dialogic & Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times (Zoom Seminar)

EventsDialogic and Collaborative Practices in Challenging Times, offered by Harlene Anderson and Sheila McNamee, Taos Institute, January 28-30, 2021,12-3pm each day, Zoom seminar.

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.

Rethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities (Online)

EventsRethinking Dialogue in the Age of New Challenges and Opportunities, organized by Dialogue Society, 26 November 2020, Time: 09:15-17:30 GMT. Open to public; registration required.

The critical workshop will provide a forum for peers to exchange research, best practices, and ideas related to current and emerging issues associated with dialogue on a global scale. It will include a total of 13 paper presentations as well as key note speakers from different parts of the world addressing the following themes related to the concept of dialogue in the age of new challenges and opportunities. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. In the face of the rise of populist rhetoric around the world, how can dialogue be used to address the negative outcomes of populism?

  2. How can dialogue be utilised to deflate tensions in non-conflict situations?

  3. In the case of new dialogue spaces, in what ways can dialogue be beneficial and instrumental for various means, for instance, when we consider online communications tools, such as social media platforms?

  4. What are the challenges of doing dialogue in new spaces, e.g. on online/virtual platforms communication channels?

  5. What are the fresh challenges brought about by the current pandemic, Covid-19, which has driven people to online platforms?

Organizers hope these papers will help to provide new and useful insights for rethinking dialogue amid the explosion of new technologies that create spaces for discussion and debate and ensuing challenges.

Intercultural Communication and Public Diplomacy (Ukraine but Online)

EventsIntercultural Communication and Public Diplomacy: Effective Education for Future Peacebuilders, Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts, Ukraine, November 25-26, 2020, Online conference.

The Kyiv School of Diplomatic Arts, with the support of the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund (USA) and the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany), invite all interested parties to reflect on the following matters:

  • How the studies pertaining to intercultural communication and public diplomacy should evolve in order to meet the challenges of today’s world

  • What is the best place for such instruction in the higher education curriculum?

  • What agenda for intercultural communication and public diplomacy should define the post-university training of early career professionals in diplomatic service and other fields of international interactions?

  • How the schooling in question may encompass both theoretical and cases-based knowledge regarding cultural heritage, identities, and mentalities, as well as national minorities, indigenous peoples, and diasporas?

From Diversity to Wellbeing: The D.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y. Approach (Webinar)

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From Diversity to Wellbeing: The D.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y. Approach, presented by Vincent Merk, sponsored by SIETAR Tri-State, November 19th at 11:00 am (EST).

In this presentation Vincent Merk will explain what Diversity & Inclusion means for practitioners, educators or researchers around the world. Starting from Diversity as a reality to actively co-create Inclusion, Belonging and, ultimately, Wellbeing to fully co-generate the best diverse, social and psychologically safe environment, where people can thrive and openly speak, question, act (and also make mistakes) and live a healthy life. To give a framework to this process, Vincent Merk identified 9 areas that need special attention when dealing with D&I. These 9 steps showcased are: D.I.V.E.R.S.I.T.Y. Finally, Vincent will make recommendations that can serve as a framework for reflection or guidelines for actions to develop best practices daily, if relevant related to post Covid-19 turbulent times.

Youth’s Voice for the Future of Media & Information Literacy in Asia & the Pacific (Online)

EventsYouth’s Voice for the Future of Media and Information Literacy in Asia and the Pacific, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Jakarta, November 18, 2020, 12:00-2:00 PM Jakarta Time, online.

Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Inc. (AMIC) will be conducting an online discussion with youth entitled, Youth’s Voice for the Future of Media and Information Literacy in Asia and the Pacific. This event has the support of UNESCO Offices in Jakarta, Bangkok and New Delhi. The event will be on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00PM – 2:00 PM Jakarta Time.

The main objective is to understand how to better integrate media and information literacy (MIL) into education from the perspective of youth in Asia and the Pacific region, taking into consideration specific challenges faced by young women, as well as youth with disabilities, such as internet connectivity and accessibility. Another objective of this exercise is to build and strengthen the network of youth who could be the advocates for developing and expanding MIL in the Asia and the Pacific region.

CID can nominate up to five (5) representatives age 15-24 who are based in Asia and the Pacific to participate in the invite-only online discussion with MIL experts. If you are a CID follower and wish to be nominated, send an email with your name and age as well as the city and country in which you are based. English will be the working language for the event. Be sure to note the time zone, especially if you are physically based in the USA.