More than Cousins Arabic vocabulary: Binti: my daughter (term of endearment) Jid: Grandfather Jadda: Grandmother Na-am: Yes Hijab: Headscarf ‘Um: Mother As she lay taking chemotherapy in room 12B, Mary thought of the beautiful Icon of Kazan.  Years ago, she had had it framed in an elegant gold frame, mounted on a rich velvet background.   […]

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While the Staircase and Roller Coaster Models of cultural differences provide a foundation for understanding the two fundamental value systems between the USA and China, our culture bumps with one another are generally found in specific areas.  Notice how many culture bumps can occur in the following scenarios. Initial business contacts Americans are comfortable meeting […]

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The Culture Bump Approach (CBA) provides a structure for guiding individuals through Milton Bennett’s (1986) Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). Bennett described six developmental stages for developing cultural sensitivity – Denial, Defense, Minimization, Acceptance, Adaptation, and Integration. He further divides the six stages of development into two groups, ethnocentric and ethnorelative stages. For more [...]
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Culture Bump loves to find those local businesses that represent the core c/b values of connection, kindness, quality and community. The Culture Bump Car (otherwise known as a beige prius) found itself in need of repair.  After visiting several large, big name stores, the prius rolled into a small garage called Community Tire and Brake […]

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  It feels like the world is coming to an end one moment, while in the next moment we overwhelm ourselves with our own humane caring. Midst the downpours of  Harvey, 1,000 people showed up with boats of all kinds to bring anybody out of rising brown waters to safety Midst automatic gunfire peppering down [...]
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A group of very diverse individuals met for three Saturdays to explore how to apply the Culture Bump protocol to healing circles.  They included people with diverse spiritual paths – Christian, Muslim, Buddhist as well as those with no formal religious belief.  Furthermore, they came from diverse backgrounds – the USA, Pakistan, Palestine, Vietnam, and […]

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        The Culture Bump Approach has been used by individuals for 40 years to deal with interpersonal differences.  However, it is also very helpful to HR departments to evaluate cross-cultural training programs.  Generally, HR has only anecdotal information to determine if an employee's experience is valuable to the organization. The Culture Bump [...]
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I  learned that the culture bump process isn’t about changing anybody’s mind – including mine– its about broadening my own and hearing somebody else. This process makes me look at the way I think and the way I believe which is helpful. I feel better. This is a statement from an individual who analyzed his furious disagreement […]

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  I had a number of “ah ha” moments.  I clarified my own ideas and moved beyond my emotional reaction to the tweet.  In the process, I became aware of things about my family member’s values that had been completely unknown to me.   This is a statement from an individual who analyzed her outraged disagreement with President Obama’s tweet about […]

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