SIETAR AUSTRALASIA CONFERENCE 2016

I just returned from the SIETAR Australasia conference in Sydney and want to take a moment to share some highlights with you and reflect upon my enriching experiences there.

SIETAR Australasia is a young organisation, but a part of the worldwide Intercultural Education Training and Research network! There is definitely a a need to work at achieving multiculturalism in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, and the islands of Australasia and we are aware that we can and should learn from and teach each other.

This conference was a living example of that!

On the first day of the conference we started with the great introduction from Janet Bennet. Janet is is executive director of the Intercultural Communication Institute and chair of the ICI/University of the Pacific Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program. Her new publication the SAGE Encyclopaedia of Intercultural Competence is an authoritative and rigorous source on intercultural competence and related issues, making it a must-have reference for all academic libraries!

During the first day we explored the cultural heritage, looking for the answer of the questions how intangible and tangible culture has created and shaped Australian and global culture. Thank you Lucy Taks – Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Business and Economics of the Macquarie University in Sydney – for the value input!

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Vick Gwyn from Australian War Memorial Museum gave us an amazing personal reflection on the cultural identity and inclusivity in the Museum and Caroline Bouten-Pinto – who is is passionate about enabling people to work effectively with diversity – was pondering on inclusion and diversity practice, looking for the answer of the important question: what are we really missing?

As Practitioners we all know how important is the first 20 minutes in a multicultural learning space, but do you know what KATA is all about? Well, I did not, but thanks to Rika Rasaoka from Intercultural Business Solution I have learned more about this management approach and a routine for moving from the current situation to a new situation in a creative, directed, meaningful way. Outstanding!

Phuong-Mai Nguyen from University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam introduced a new framework of culture and cultural analysis. Her Multi-level inverted-pyramid of Culture in Context (MiCC) provides a systematic and comprehensive analysis of culture, helping to explain and anlyse culture in a more robust way while taking into account many more layers of meanings and diversity. Well done!

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Bettina Szkudlarek – a Senior Lecturer in Management at the University of Sydney Business School and a co-organise of this conference framed the day one with the comprehensive insights on intercultural training.

The second day we continued our discussion about migration and intangible and tangible culture with the engaging inputs from Egil Bakka from Finland. Hatice Sitki – the president of SIETAR Australasia and a national myths and symbols consultant – using an example of ANZAC multiculturally 2015 centenary called for multicultural identity, which should include hidden diversity of modern Australia: white, British, European, royal, Indian, Tongan or Russian…they all form part of a sum that makes up the whole.

Antione Burke – Professional Skills Trainer in his practical journey shared with his experienced working with migrants and refugees and the humble me has been made a presentation on integral approach. I have tried to look at the human migration through the AQAL lens. AQAL is an acronym for all quadrants and all levels, which in turn is shorthand for all quadrants, all levels, all lines, all states, and all types and it is the most comprehensive maps of human existence ever proposed in the course of human history. My main idea was that open world begins with an open mind.

We can create a open welcome migrants society, we can create institution where collaboration and participation is possible, but we have to starts with ourselves. Dalai Lama put it in simpler terms: we need to more consciously and regularly let others around us know how much we value them.

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And this brings me to my concluding remarks: this conference was very well organised and very successful with the scientific programme, the positive international atmosphere and the welcoming spirit.

To explain all features, summarise and synthesise all the main ideas, conclusions and recommendations from this significant SIETAR Australasia conferences would go beyond the scope of the discussion, but generally I can say that it has been a great experience, very well organised conference and very successful with the scientific programme, the positive international atmosphere and the welcoming spirit.  I met many intelligent and sharp international colleagues, experienced teachers and trainers, legal experts, specialists in various legal disciplines, and legal practitioners from different legal culture. Personally I think this conference was very well organised and very successful. I fully enjoyed those two days with so many interesting presentations and discussions.

In conclusion I would like to express my heart-felt thanks to Bettina and Hatice for their excellent management of what has turned out to be a successful and highly stimulating conference. My big thank and gratitude to all dedicated people for making it such a worthwhile experience.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

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Dr. Anna Storck  | www.interkultura-consult.com

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2015 April CMM Learning Exchange ‘East’

Kazuma and I (Sergej) joined the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution in their Learning Exchange East in April 2015. This event was rich in learning. A personal highlight was to visit the CMM Archive at Fitchburg University which holds all of Barnett Pearce’s writings and personal archive. In the image you can see Kazuma searching the archive for hidden treasures on Cosmopolitan Communication. And in the background, you see good friend and CMM board member Bart Beuchner.

One striking find in the archive was a short memo Barnett made after reading Kegan’s “Ïn over our heads” in which he reflected on similarities and differences between Kegan’s developmental psychology and CMM and which he saw as the start of a conversation with Kegan. That same weekend, we started an action research project between the CMM Institute and Kegan’s team around his latest work in the Deliberately Developmental Organization. coincidence, serendipity, or mystery?

Since our visit, the CMM archive was scanned and is accessible online. Enjoy!

2014 May 1st European Integral Conference in Budapest

During the 1st Integral European Conference in Budapest (8-10 May)

we had opportunities to present our work in a workshop and a short presentation on stage.

It was very special for us to present our work in front of the “audiance of experts” of the integral map.

We were very happy to see how the combination of theory and practice worked for the participants
in our workshop.
It was wonderful to see how we learn better when we combine cognition (3rd person reality) and direct

experience (1st person reality), and share this with others in small group exercises (2nd person reality).

Also, we made a lot of very interesting contacts with amazing people for further networking.

Thank you for the organizers and for the beautiful city of Budapest.

2013 November Flying University of Global Integral Competence

FUGIC Opening Forum took place from November 22nd to 24th 2013 in Robert-Tillmanns-Haus in Berlin. We had 25 participants who want to co-create the future of FUGIC, they are students of culture study, medical study, economics, art therapy, psychology and professionals of psychotherypy, intercultural management, yoga. They all confirmed the concept of FUGIC and “Cosmopolitan Communication”.

 

 

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2011 September How everything began?

According to the big bang theory, in the beginning (or before the beginning, if you will), all matter in the universe was concentrated into a single point (known as a singularity) at an extremely high temperature, and then it exploded with tremendous force. From an expanding superheated cloud of sub-atomic particles, atoms gradually formed, then stars, galaxies, planets and finally life. In our case there were at least two singularities (sic!) and an extremely high potential energy around us. In Krakow, Poland between September 21st to 25th, at the SIETAR Congress in Krakau Kazuma met Anna.  SIETAR Europa is Europe’s largest association of interculturalists and part of the worldwide SIETAR network. Kazuma was the member of the SIETAR Deutschland board  and intercultural dialog facilitator interested in Pirce C….Anna was the intercultural trainer fascinated by the integral theory. She presented the idea of Integral Communication. Her input: Cross cultural communication seen as a part of integral communication. Ken Wilber‘s Integral Model, seemed to be a missing link in Kazuma’s communication research.

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One year later in 2012 JOIN FORCES WITH CREATIVE LIKE-MINDED PEOPLE resulted in the organisation of the  SIETAR Forum 2012+38, International Conference 27-29 September 2012 in Berlin, Germany. In this preparation year during our intensive workshops in Mannheim and Berlin the idea of cosmopolitan communication connected with the integral theory and transparent communication were born, but it took us one year preparation and two intensive workshops in Mannheim and Berlin to shape the Institute for Global Integral Competence.

Welcome to our blog and our journey to the cosmopolitan communication – communication of the future.