Posts Tagged "intercultural competencies"

What about POLAND?

What about POLAND?

Intercultural Poland First Sunday in January Polish people celebrate the day of three Kings, a new  religious holyday introduced since some years. On this day a ceremony commemorating the trip of three kings to Bethlehem is performed on the street of Polish cities. In organized walk of people there are actors playing the scenes form life of Jesus and historical figures from Polish history. This year I have spotted a figure of  Chinese dragon which sourly  has not been at the time of Jesus present in the area of his  living. I find it as very nice exemplification of intercultural approach of polish society (dragon in a catholic ceremony) and good direction in culturally and religious very homogeneous country. European Union has quoted latest statistic about the percentage of foreigners living in different countries of EU. Poland is on the last position in ranking with 0,01 % of population with not being a native. This is about 40 000 foreigners, so much as the number of football funs who arrived  at one time during Euro 2012 to Warsaw  for Championship. This number confirms  the claim about Polish society being culturally very homogenous. When we take into consideration the situation –low expose of Polish people to contacts with other cultures in everyday life and “cultural” heritage of years of cultural isolation during communism (from 1945 till 1989). I welcome every sign of Polish openness for different cultures. So my WOW for dragon in a catholic ceremony. This situation confirms also the high level of Hofsede index of  uncertainty avoidance, which in case of Poland is very high – and is at the level of 92 (the higest level is 112 for Greece). Due to Hofstede „countries exhibiting strong Uncertainty avoidance Index or UAI, maintain rigid codes of belief and behavior and are intolerant of unorthodox behavior and ideas. Weak UAI societies maintain a more relaxed attitude in which practice counts more than principles” (from Wiki English). High level of UAI means that the society tends to regard strangers more as a enemy than a friend, and this set of mind is represented in a approach to others – distrust, lack of openness, exclusion of others. Poland together with Greece being on...

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Conference “Migration, Mobility, Cross-Culture” in Warsaw

Conference “Migration, Mobility, Cross-Culture” in Warsaw

In the days of 15-16th of September 2012 the Conference on ‘Migration, Mobility, Cross-culture” organised by Sietar Poland was held in Warsaw. The two days’ event was the opportunity to present the newest research on cross-culture issues, to discuss the role and profile of cultural consultant, to exchange the newest approach and teaching tools helping to enhance the intercultural competencies. The conference has offered workshops of different topics – on cross-culture management, emigration and immigration. In “business” topics – we have discussed the model of cultural intelligence, intercultural competencies required from managers, challenges faced by the managers managing virtual teams. Wiola Malota has presented the research done by Dean Foster and Nicole Barile, exploring the connection between people’s responses to the economic crisis and their culture. This presentation has raised high attention among audience as we face now the second wave of the crisis and the outcome of the research could be valuable tip for decisonmakers to be...

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Multicultural awareness and sport event. Which benefits bring international sport’s events?

Multicultural awareness and sport event. Which benefits bring international sport’s events?

We are living in more global and multicultural environment. This is the case even for the countries which are not very multicultural in population like for example Poland or countries which are not open for traveling and migration. But we are all connected with the world and other cultures via TV and Internet, and this situation requires from us more intercultural competencies. I like the definition of intercultural competencies of Jane M. Bennett as follows: “Intercultural competence; a set of cognitive, affective and behavioural skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.”  How UEFA Euro 2012 Championship has boosted intercultural competencies of Polish people? Some people might have reasoning the aim of such costly events, especially in time of crises. This question was also raised in Poland, the media have asked before and after the EURO 2012 for the benefits of the event. Most of people have founded that organizing the Euro 2012 was a good idea. This information was wildly spread, but very rare you could read WHY people find organizing Euro 2012 as beneficial for Poland.  For me the list of them is quite large. Most of the people have quoted that the new stadiums, especially that in Warsaw, called by many foreign journalists the most beautiful stadium in Europe and the new highways are the biggest benefits. Many journalist has proclaimed that Poland did a civilization step forward. I agree with this claim, but I think that the most valuable benefit of Euro 2012 we did,, was in regards to social multicultural awareness of Poles. We have gained thousands of volunteers working with foreign visitors who have experienced different culture, we have gained outlook how the fans of different nationalities behave and we have experienced that people can unite on something higher than the score of the match and their sympathy to a national football team. We have learned that people can unite on common value – friendship and joy of being together. It was really heart-warming to see how the fans from the country, which has lost the match, celebrate together with fans of the country, which has won.  People on the streets and the cafes have found...

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