Cultural Intelligence has been proven through Livermore's research that it is a predictor of one's success or failure in todays global marketplace.
The four capabilities of a Culturally intelligent person : -
Culture is more than racial and ethnic geographic boundaries - it could be friendship, workplace, institutional and organisational culture. Every group we belong to, or want to work with, has its own culture.
We then explored language as an integral part of CQ. Marla shared this beautiful and poignant poem written by a friend of hers who wished to remain anonymous. The discussion led to how stereotypes of appearances leads to assumptions and expectations which can cause conflict and embarrassment. (Click the image to make it bigger).
Values were then explored and as individuals we needed to rate 10 specified values that according to our personal system were important or not. We discovered that values change between individuals, families, communities and ethnic cultures. We cannot assume what is one of our higher values is someone else's high values. The concept of time as a value was used as an example - across ages, cultures, professions this value changes.
Marla asked us to examine our own organisations cultural intelligence - do we allow all users and participants to be comfortable in our organisation?
A quote that was "You might be uncomfortable part of your time here at the library, and that is OK. If you are comfortable here, help someone else be comfortable by taking the initiative to help them, be a friend."
Marla then posed a question : - Why care about CQ? What benefits can it bring to ourselves, our organisations, our communities and our nations?
The video below goes a little way to answer the question.
So how does this link to international mindedness in the IB framework? After being inspired to find out more on Cultural Intelligence, I think they are the same thing, and, with the business world getting behind the Cultural Intelligence trend, it means there are resources and new thinking being developed that we can adopt in our schools.
There are a number of books available on this topic, also courses that can be taken to expand your understanding and videos to watch. Livermore has a free pdf download called - What is your CQ and why should you care? He has also developed a number of CQ assessment tools which could be used to measure how effective your school programme has been or even how effective the Education out of the classroom (ie international field trips) has been.
The concepts of international mindedness and cultural intelligence both work toward creating a world where understanding, empathy, and open mindedness are the main components of how we live. How are we doing to help the young people in our care become culturally intelligent?
Have a look at the American Hospitality Academy Global Campus Passport to Culture page - is this enough? can more be done?