ADVANCED CORE COURSE
Building Intercultural Viability™ in Organizations -Milton Bennett
The Development of Collective Intercultural Adaptability
The whole is more than the sum of its parts. In its positive sense, that maxim describes the synergistic potential of organizations to combine unity and diversity into innovation. But it also can mean that the collective organizational culture can perpetuate ethnocentrism and inequity, despite individual development.
This course will show how to integrate tactical training in intercultural communication with strategic organizational transformation towards the goal of generating sustainable viability in unpredictably changing global and domestic social conditions.
Join this course to help your organisation—or those of your clients if you are an external consultant—pursue the strategic goal of sustainable adaptive potential to social change.
In addition to predictable changes such as increasingly multicultural societies and greater emphasis on equity and inclusion issues, future social situations are sure to include unpredictable changes such as the ones that have occurred during the Covid pandemic. Since organizations cannot prepare for such changes specifically, they need help in developing a general adaptive capacity.
The course will use the new concept of Intercultural Viability™—the probability that an organization can adapt to unpredictable changes in multicultural social conditions—to guide advanced practical applications of a constructivist paradigm, a model of perceptual development, and coherent activities that foster intercultural consciousness.
Participants will learn how to approach organizational adaptive capacity in a coherent way, how to explain it to stakeholders, how to coordinate program design elements, and how to select appropriate assessment methods.
Advanced Core: Intercultural Communication
3 days/10-12 July 2024
Senior (20+ years)
Advanced (13-19 years)
includes certificate from the University and the Institute
Milton Bennett, PhD
Thanks to Dr. Milton Bennett’s four decades of seminal contributions —including the groundbreaking Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS)— the study and practice of intercultural development holds, today, a core position within the greater Differences field.
A consummate teacher and eloquent communicator who is frequently requested to comment on current affairs, Milton has held a tenured position at Portland State University (US), executive development positions with Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business (US) as well as several corporate universities, and currently maintains adjunct appointments in Europe.
In addition to his ongoing research, consulting, and training, he has recently introduced the Intercultural Viability IndicatorTM, an instrument designed to assess and support organizational-level intercultural competence.
“A great scholar in the field. Being able to discuss issues directly was really eye-opening.”
“Participating in Milton Bennett’s session was an intense and intellectually stimulating experience. It was incredibly enriching and expanded my understanding of different topics.”
“It has been an honour to learn from Dr. Bennett.”