In this world of perpetual chaos, we can come together in appreciation of what separates and categorizes us, but rather than focusing on understanding those differences, how much more beauty lies in unearthing the unique connection of our shared humanity!
Johanna Campbell’s quote sums up the experience of the group of multi-national participants who experienced consciously creating meaningful conversations with one another using the Culture Bump Approach. LCC Cross Cultural Coordinators, Sandra Carretin-Mulvaney and Barbara Kennedy hosted the day-long Conversations for Connection Workshop at the University of Houston on Friday, January 3, 2014. The day included an overview of the historical development of the Culture Bump Approach for dealing with differences – a review of the development in the Language and Culture Center as well as over the past 60 years of American social movements. The overview made clear that the Approach represents a shift from a paradigm of dealing with differences by learning about the culture to a paradigm that deals with the difference (or culture bump) itself.
The movie Brian and Aziz from the Toolkit for Culture and Communication http://culturebump.com/student-workbook.htmlwas used to demonstrate the protocol for analyzing a culture bump. The participants shared lunch and in the afternoon, Dr. Carol M. Archer, originator of the Culture Bump Approach, introduced two recently developed Models for discovering human commonalities as well as a strategy for creating quick conversations for connection that utilize Culture Bump Buddy Bracelets. The day ended with discussions about how the bracelets could be utilized in classrooms as well as the world in general. David Jackson, an international pilot, expressed the general consensus of the group when he said,
“This Culture Bump workshop has given me the tools and the confidence to reach out and become Culture Bump Buddies with people in my travels throughout the world.”
Click here for a quick view of David and his buddies in the workshop.