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News from Brussels

News from Brussels

Brussels, the 6th October 2012 How to build united Europe?  Umberto Eco has told: ‚It’s culture, not war, that cements European identity’ and has added ‘The Erasmus idea should be compulsory – not just for students, but also for taxi – drivers, plumbers and other workers’. Polish students constitute the biggest group (about 100 000) of the beneficiaries of the Erasmus project. There were rumours that next year less money for the project – due to the shortcut of European fund –will be granted, but it has turned out not to be true. Travelling and studying in another country is the best way to get acquainted with another culture, to lift biases and to develop the intercultural intelligence. Traveling is also source for inspiration – like the last regulation for Belgian citizens – imposing a fine for using swearwords. Due to my Belgian friend such regulation was explained by the authority as desire to keep the language clean and communication on proper level.  I welcome such ideas! My visit to Brussels for Day of Change organised by Centre for Creative Leadership – in European office has brought not only newest ideas on leadership development and new methods and approached to leadership training but also nice pictures from the Brussels park, where the national symbols are exhibited. I like the idea to be proud of Belgians chips with mayo, chocolate, Brussels sprouts, beer and moules. See more photos at Glimpses from my travel/ Brussels. Wiola...

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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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