Cross-Cultural Misunderstanding #2Sep 30, 2020
This category introduces participant's cases we discussed in workshops. The variety of issues people come across reflects the multitude of cross-cultural misunderstandings and how disrupting and dysfunctional they can be.
"In our project in Colombia we wanted to involve all different stakeholders to participate in an active way. We had a meeting to organize and harmonize the activities of different organizations to avoid duplicating efforts. However, everyone wanted to think only about his own activities and interests. It was also difficult to communicate as the local leaders prefer to speak Quechua (native language) and it was difficult for us to follow the discussions. I think they did not want to share with us all the things that were happening and there were other stories of the past that could be affecting and needed to be solved before going forward."