9 episodes

How can we work effectively across our world’s cultural divides? USIP and Burning Man Project travel to that frontier, hearing stories and practical lessons for working in unfamiliar cultures. The podcast complements USIP’s online, self-paced course on Cultural Synergy. Both help us cultivate the skills we need to do good work in a diverse world.

Culturally Attuned U.S. Institute of Peace

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How can we work effectively across our world’s cultural divides? USIP and Burning Man Project travel to that frontier, hearing stories and practical lessons for working in unfamiliar cultures. The podcast complements USIP’s online, self-paced course on Cultural Synergy. Both help us cultivate the skills we need to do good work in a diverse world.

    Episode 8: Connecting with others means seeing them. Labels get in the way.

    Episode 8: Connecting with others means seeing them. Labels get in the way.

    People’s identities are multi-layered—giving us various possible points of connection with another person. Stereotypes obscure those possibilities, as Afghan Taliban negotiators found when they talked with an Indian-American Muslim diplomat named Tamanna Salikuddin. Tamanna tells how she seeks individuals’ identities to build the trust for negotiations.


     


    Learn more and read the transcript: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/connecting-others-means-seeing-them-labels-get-way 

    • 15 min
    Episode 7: To open a ‘problem-solving space,’ honor the group—and the person

    Episode 7: To open a ‘problem-solving space,’ honor the group—and the person

    Cuban-American-European mediator Juan Diaz-Prinz says cultural competence means understanding not simply cultures but people and their values—honoring both a community and an individual. It means creating a space with another person in which they can safely talk about problems and seek ways with you to address them.


     


    Learn more and read the transcript: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/open-problem-solving-space-honor-group-and-person 

    • 18 min
    Episode 6: As cultural outsiders, we are given a pass. But, should we take it?

    Episode 6: As cultural outsiders, we are given a pass. But, should we take it?

    We accept our need to show cultural respect. But Brazilian psychotherapist Kerley Most says West Africa taught her the difference between learning a culture and absorbing it. She notes the extraordinary value of correcting our mistakes. While as guests we’re often given a pass on cultural norms, that’s a privilege we should try to decline.


     


    Learn more and read the transcript: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/cultural-outsiders-we-are-given-pass-should-we-take-it 

    • 20 min
    Episode 5: The Benefactor’s Dilemma: Am I helping? Or am I wielding power?

    Episode 5: The Benefactor’s Dilemma: Am I helping? Or am I wielding power?

    Tom Price has built a career helping marginalized communities—from Native American tribes to hurricane-ravaged towns to locales facing the Ebola virus in Liberia. He warns himself, and us, against the temptation of the outside benefactor to imagine that, because we have resources and privileges, we also have the solution to a community’s problem.


     


    Learn more and read the transcript: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/benefactors-dilemma-am-i-helping-or-am-i-wielding-power 

    • 17 min
    Episode 4: Building cross-cultural trust, even in the face of extremist violence

    Episode 4: Building cross-cultural trust, even in the face of extremist violence

    How do we build trust across cultural divides? USIP’s Leanne Erdberg Steadman has spent years seeking trust across the most painful of chasms—with former violent extremists in the Middle East and Africa. She shares a story of what she’s learned. 


     


    Learn more and read the transcript: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/building-cross-cultural-trust-even-face-extremist-violence

    • 18 min
    Episode 3: A practitioner's discovery: ‘cultural respect’ is not enough.

    Episode 3: A practitioner's discovery: ‘cultural respect’ is not enough.

    Any relationship is shaped by a first meeting. To prepare those encounters, USIP trainer and cross-cultural expert Stephen Moles suggests we go beyond what’s in the rule books. Stephen suggests an approach for this work that he’s built from experience in more than 65 countries.


     


    Learn more and read the transcript: https://www.usip.org/publications/2021/02/practitioners-discovery-cultural-respect-not-enough 

    • 10 min

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