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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

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).

East Meet West

In संस्कृति शॉक, cross culture, Культурный шок, emotional intelligence, globalization, multi culture, Uncategorized, 文化冲击 on May 27, 2010 at 9:15 am

Diversity as a fundamental ingredient in creating dynamic teams is powerful.  Cross-cultural team-building is essential in building organizations that can cope with the challenges of the flat world of today and tomorrow. 

Diversity. A prerequisite in dynamic creative team-building.


I have had the pleasure to work in, and to develop and manage cross-cultural teams on all continents.  Part of the team dynamics experienced are general, mainly stemming from different personalities within the team.  The main toolbox is then to be found within the field of psychology.  Another important part of the team dynamics originate from different cultural background.  Fortunately, the toolbox needed is constantly improving and comes from multiple sources.  Most models though, are developed within social anthropology.  I will present some of the models I have found most useful on this page, so if you are interested in this field – stay tuned. 

Anders, alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway

What is Culture?

In cross culture, globalization, Uncategorized on July 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm

A basic definition of culture: Those ideas, values, set of rules and norms shared among a group of people and transferred from one generation to another, and that the next generation try to pass on, somewhat changed, though. (A.M.Klausen)

“Believing with Max Weber that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretive one in search of meaning,” Clifford Geertz wrote in his 1973 book, “The Interpretation of Cultures” (Basic Books).

Hello world!

In cross culture, globalization, multi culture, Uncategorized on June 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

Where are we heading?  Where do we want to go?

It is amazing how much energy is spent on fighting change, or defending status quo.  And this is nothing new through history, and will for sure continue till the end of times.  And equally sure, the world will change.  Where is the world heading, and what are the challanges we’ll meet around the next corner – and for the next couple of years.  How is the flat world changing each one of us, and our cultures?  How can we prepare todays students for the world of tomorrow?

These are some of the questions I would like to voice here.

Basic presumption:  Culture is a dynamic concept, more as a consequence of technological changes, and structural changes in our society.  Hence culture is changing faster than ever.