We thought it might be helpful to share some of the thinking that has gone into the structure and design of the book. After Meltem invited me to join her on this journey, we discussed what key topics in the context of working across continents, and in the specific context of the 21st century, would be. This resulted in the four Chapter topics Meltem has already introduced:
There are (at least) three points of departure for this project:
• In today’s world more and more people travel, work and live in countries other than their home country. • In today’s world collaboration is ever more important as no one individual, organization, nation alone can find solutions to the challenges (and opportunities) facing humanity. • In today’s world innovation is more important than ever before. Diversity is a key driver of innovation yet at the same time often a challenge.
Cultural insights and awareness are key to all the above, and the foundation for enjoyable and successful working in cultures other than our own.
Our Vision of Cultural Diversity
is about meeting, dialoguing and sharing with people, being curious, and to go beyond to create something better and sustainable for all
is the foundation for innovation, where creative tension leads to the creation of something meaningful and novel
is personal liberty that enriches one’s life and facilitates personal growth
thrives under inspired, authentic and visionary leadership that empowers all
creates unusual relationships built on mutual trust and appreciation of that which is different
is within ourselves as long as we are sincere, authentic, free from judgement and need for approval
intertwines with time, both ending and never ending, timeless and precious, enchanting, requiring care and wisdom