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Globalization Hitting the Man in the Street (3)

In संस्कृति शॉक, choque cultural, cross culture, Культурный шок, emotional intelligence, global communication competence, globalization, multi culture, Uncategorized, 文化冲击 on November 18, 2015 at 2:57 pm

We are certainly living exiting times, with new challenges being thrown at us every single day.  Some can be predictable, others are rather hard to predict.

Globalization, dramatic world events and culture shock is hitting the small town of Kirkenes, way north of the Artic Circle, located at 69 degrees North.  Over resent months, hundreds of Syrian refugees have come to the boarder crossing of Storskog from Russia, – on bikes.

How could possibly the small community prepare for such an influx of Arab language, middle east life style and a crowd of asylum seeking citizens with a traumatic past.  But it is happening now, and we have to deal with it.  It requires knowledge;  – cross cultural knowledge and a rich toolbox of EQ, language and empathy.

bikers_at Storskog    Anders, from a snowy pier in Kapp, Norway

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Globalization hitting the man in the street (2)

In संस्कृति शॉक, choque cultural, cross culture, Культурный шок, emotional intelligence, global communication competence, globalization, multi culture, Uncategorized, 文化冲击 on February 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

Times they are a changin’ also in Oslo, Norway.

Professor and globetrotter Øystein Nordeng lost his plane from Oslo Aiport Gardermoen heading for Uganda.  And loosing an airplane for business people in the 21st century is no big deal.  What made Professor Nordeng headline news was the reason why he lost his plane:

The taxi driver of Oslo Taxi stopped at the highway, E6, at 7:00 a.m. sharp, went out of the car, pulled out his prayer mat, headed towards Mecca and prayed.

A globetrotter like Professor Nordeng for sure has experienced many situations through his career that have become entertaining dinner stories.  But here he was caught off guard, in his home country, challenged with unexpected cultural distance.

This is a new dimension of the 21st century:  Culture awareness is needed everywhere, all the time.

Roadside prayer in Xinjiang, China.

Roadside prayer in Xinjiang, China.

On the other hand, there is a Somali taxi driver in this story who has had an interesting experience with culture shock when arriving in Norway.

He will also have a lot of good stories to tell to his grandchildren about his migration, the challenges he met, and the headlines he made.

Anders, from lakeside Mjøsa (covered in ice).

Building the future with a rear window view

In संस्कृति शॉक, choque cultural, cross culture, Культурный шок, global communication competence, globalization, 文化冲击 on January 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

 ~ or how to stumble backwards into the future.

My small little country at the very end of the northern forest path has started this year with a cute little public debate on: What is Norwegian culture?

It is entertaining to follow the discussion for several reasons:

  • How to define culture, and all the wonderful different perspectives that surface in the debate.
  • How important the glorified past is to many people.
  • How much fear so many people have for the unknown future.
  • How strongly many people want to isolate themselves from the the ongoing globalization.
  • How much prejudice people have for anything different.

The real discussion, and an interesting one, is addressing the 5 items above:

How do we build a future society addressing peoples fear and prejudice with visions we all can support, stand behind and even contribute in making it happen?

What is Norwegian culture a generation from now?

Stay tuned, as solutions will follow!

And it has never been a good strategy to look out the rear window when you drive down a new road.

Anders, from a icy frosted Kapp, Norway.