In our long teaching praxis we recognise that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. It is why we use a variety different teaching methods to get the same message across and make sure that no one is left out or falls behind. It is our way of making sure that all participants engage with all of the subject content, especially the key concepts and learning points. Our trainings consist of different sessions combining short lectures and practical exercises and involves a great deal of interaction. Simulations and team exercises aim to not only identify, but to fully understand the key differences in cultural behaviour. During the training, members of different cultures automatically start explaining their own cultural pre-programming to others thereby creating a deep learning experience for all participants. And the positive energy which evolves is truly amazing!
SUMMARY OF OUR METHODS APPLIED IN THE TRAINING
In combining cognitive (didactic) and participatory (experiential) learning our relocation course program seeks to introduce to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to live and work successfully in multicultural context. Here the methods chosen by these dimensions of learning:
COGNITIVE DIMENSION – Theoretical short lectures and multimedia presentations, individual work, work with video and audio.
AFFECTIVE DIMENSION – Learning by experience, cultural tests, deferred evaluation methods, professional self-reflection exercises, exercises to change the perspective, moderated discussions, modelling, methods of active listening and non-violent communication (NVC).
PERFORMANCE ORIENTED DIMENSION – Case study analysis and critical incident techniques, culture contrast study, culture assimilator, interactive intercultural games, playing roles with elements of psychodrama, working with film and video analysis, simulation games and role play.
CREATIVE METHODS – World Cafe, Open-Space, Meta-plan, Brainstorming, Mind-mapping, deBono Huts, Disney’s Method, Analog-graffiti…
The training are also woven into energising and relaxing exercises.
OUR INTEGRAL APPROACH
Additionally we work with a new “operating system” using the integral teamwork approach. It is unique in that it incorporates four major dimensions of human activity: effectiveness, efficiency, people wellbeing and culture combined with the levels of human and organisational development. This produces a more balanced and accurate assessment of team functioning and identifies critical actions for sustainable high performance.This new “operating system” facilitates rapid evolution in light of emerging reality by harnessing self-organization in a fractal structure.
Integral Theory takes the principles, ideas, and emerging mindset articulated by many cutting-edge thought leaders, and instills them in the actual structures and processes of the organization. The Integral Approach is one of the most comprehensive maps of human existence ever proposed in the course of human history. It offers a rigorous framework that goes beyond the unprincipled eclecticism that plagues many other integrative and multi-method approaches.
Integral theory provides individuals and organizations with a powerful framework that is suitable to virtually any context and can be used at any scale. Why? Because it organizes all existing approaches to and disciplines of analysis and action, and it allows a practitioner to select the most relevant and important tools, techniques, and insights….read more
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