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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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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