ALL CAREER LEVELS COURSE
Reducing Cross-Cultural Tensions
Annette Gisevius, Sherifa M.B.E. Fayez
Annette Gisevius, Sherifa M.B.E. Fayez
Non-conventional methods and how to implement them
This techniques-focused course is designed for those seeking to lower tensions and improve cooperation and performance when working with diverse (national culture, age, gender, etc) stakeholders — especially in team or group settings.
Using a combination of interactive and reflective approaches, you’ll both participate in sample activities of the methods shared, and then have meta-level discussions about the processes and pedagogies behind them in order to be able to adjust and apply them in your own work.
*By request, this course has been extended to be a 2-day workshop so that participants have more practice and feedback time on the techniques shared.*
Whether in the workplace, classroom, community or elsewhere, establishing conditions for effective group dynamics is a key responsibility for many of us, yet we may neglect to consider this crucial aspect of our roles.
And, identity differences among would-be team members may seem to add challenges rather than benefits when we think about building a sense of shared collegiality and collaboration especially across cultures.
Participants in this course will learn how to reduce cultural tensions and more explicitly establish success-enabling space(s) in which groups or teams can operate by acknowledging and intentionally designing for the diversity —whether apparent or “hidden”— among them and how to do so using disarming, creative and “serious play” approaches.
Emphasis will be placed on how to dismantle miscommunications and/or tensions and conduct such group-forming when working within short timeframes.
You will learn how to use targeted, unconventional approaches and establish purposefully-designed settings that embrace the differences (national cultures, ages, faiths, backgrounds, professional roles, etc) found among team members as advantages rather than challenges. Doing so can help build teams with a greater shared sense of inclusion and, as a result, effective performance.
All Career Levels
2 days/8-9 July 2024
New or Experienced Trainers, Educators & All Professionals focused on group interactions
includes certificate from the University and the Institute
Prof. Annette Gisevius
Annette Gisevius (Professor, Karlshochschule International University and Head of Training for InterCultur, gGmbH) is a master trainer, content designer, certified coach and professor who brings serious fun plus interactive learning methods and creative arts to intercultural competence development for adults and youth. She specializes in lively trainings that use everyday cultural artifacts in innovative ways to make abstract concepts tangible and engage learners in useful daily and lifelong practices.
Having pioneered programs in Germany, Brazil and Malaysia, plus designed and run 12 intercultural trainer certificate courses and collaborated with intercultural gamer Thiagi, Annette’s focus is on cultural awareness, cultural conflict styles and experiential learning in non-classroom settings, as well as civic engagement and service learning.
Sherifa M.B.E. Fayez
Talented trainer and leader of Egypt’s longest-running nonprofit dedicated to intercultural learning for youth and adults, Sherifa Fayez’s work as an educator aims at lifting the veil of the pervasive reductionist perspectives on the Middle East and promoting active global citizenship as a practice in everyday settings.
Sherifa has led AFS Intercultural Programmes Egypt since 2004, served on faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communications (US), the Qatar Institute for Intercultural Communications (Qatar) as well as the Intercultural Trainer Academy (Germany), and directed initiatives throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe with partners such as USAID and American University in Cairo. She has served on the AFS Global Board of Trustees and other international education taskforces and committees.
“Practical applications of approach backed up by proven science.”
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“Both Annette and Sherifa are knowledgeable and fantastically skilled. But most importantly they are a great team. And that role modeling of a great team is an amazing extra takeaway from the course!”