Online Training: Diversity, Inclusive Communication and Cooperation
Date and time
Thursday, 20 April 2023, 9.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
“Cultures don’t meet, people do”. In an international context, one meets people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Communication and cooperation have become therefore an intercultural matter. The importance of diversity competence: the ability to understand and manage human social interaction in culturally diverse contexts of working, studying and living is rapidly increasing. The seminar Diversity inclusive communication and cooperation explains how to approach diversity in multicultural and multilingual interactions and equips the participants with tools – the TOPOI-model – to apply theory to intercultural practice.
This seminar explores the following topics:
- What do we mean by intercultural communication?
- A diversity inclusive approach to intercultural communication that focusses on a dynamic (‘non-essentialist’) view of culture and diversity, an inclusive notion of people’s multiple cultural identities and an emphasis on communication and dialogue.
- The TOPOI model: an analytical tool to detect possible misunderstandings during or after an intercultural encounter. Instead of focusing on cultural differences or dimensions, the TOPOI model takes the communication of unique individuals, embedded in their social context, as its starting point.