2018 Session Description

Wabi-Sabi Poutine
Can interculturality be a part of the challenge?

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Insight
Maximum Participants: 16
Thursday 1:30pm • Centennial 13
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Humans are social beings and love to communicate. We need to understand the other’s point of view, but how can we do that if we all see the world through our own custom-made glasses? Our lenses are unique, ground and polished by our education, our culture, our language, our experiences. Often we assume that the “other” sees and feels the world just as we do. But how can that be if our lenses, are so different?

When you travel to new places, it’s easy to appreciate that it’s you who is the stranger, and not the native. Why is it so much harder to see this truth when we are in meetings on our home turf, in the office, or even at home?

During this session, we will explore the influences that culture and language can have on our perceptions, behaviours, and creativity. We will ask you to participate fully, and as we play with images and words — so bring your pencils and your sense of humour.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Feel that your common sense is not necessarily one another’s common sense
  • Increase your curiosity and creativity
  • Look now differently at your own language
Jerome Faytre
Strasbourg, France

Jerome’s background is in engineering and science, though he thinks of himself more as an inquisitive student of experience. Throughout his life, discovering new horizons has been a strong theme – both though his extensive travel and passion for languages: he speaks several fluently.

His career has allowed him to work in different countries, as an engineer, a salesman, a translator, and a manager. Recently, Jerome has been exploring how these areas of expertise intersect with creativity.

This is Jerome’s first year presenting at Mindcamp.

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