2019 Session Description

Facilitating Cultural Differences
The key to working in diverse and inclusive environments

For adults • 2 x 90 minutes
Category: Facilitation, Pre-Mindcamp
Tuesday 9:00am • Newnham Campus
Time and location subject to change (what isn't?)

As the world becomes more interconnected, the demand for each of us to be able to shift our cultural perspective and change our behaviours will only increase.

The space between cultures can be a Pandora's box of trouble — and of hope. Learning to work with cultural differences is a critical skill for the future, particularly for facilitators and other group leaders. Those who can recognize and navigate these differences productively will, by definition, be more effective than those who cannot.

In this session we’ll use the Implicit Association Test (IAT) to explore how we encounter differences in race, gender, ethnicity, and other distinguishing characteristics — and how we can use what we discover about our own implicit associations to develop intercultural skills that can drive more creative and productive outcomes. Go to mindcamp.org/implicit to take the test before coming to the session... (right now would be good). Please take the test, and come prepared to discuss your results with your colleagues.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • A clear sense of where you stand in terms of recognizing and encountering cultural differences
  • Sharper self-awareness and the ability to identify attitudes, issues, and hidden assumptions that may impede teams from performing creatively
  • A map of the developmental stages of intercultural sensitivity
Hamlin Grange
Toronto, ON
Hamlin is a diversity and inclusion strategist with nearly two decades of experience working with individuals, teams and organizations to meet the challenges and reap the rewards of a culturally diverse environment. He is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory™. As principal consultant and president of DiversiPro, a diversity consulting firm based in Toronto, Hamlin has been engaged by corporations, not-for-profit agencies and governments in Canada, the US, and Europe.

Hamlin believes a deeper understanding of how culture affects human interactions is a vital prerequisite in today’s fast-paced diverse world. He is a skilled facilitator and trainer with keen insights in team dynamics and intercultural competence.

Hamlin is a returning presenter. Click to see what they've presented in the past.

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