A More or Less Perfect Union: Inalienable Rights

“All men are created equal, endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” I think that’s one of the most important sentences in the English language. And then the next sentence of the Declaration says, “To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” And […]

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Colorism in the Latinx Community! Ft. Lee Chin | Decoded | MTV

– Why would black people in Brazil get upset about a black woman winning a beauty contest? The answer ends with “ism” but probably not the one you think. (soft techno music) Today we’re talking about a mode of discrimination that predominantly impacts people of color and you might be surprised hearing this from me, […]

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Out of Place: The Trans Chinese Community Fighting for Gender Equality (Part 2)

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Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style

Cultural Dimension: direct versus indirect communication style

Direct versus indirect communication Different cultures favorite different communication styles A direct communications style is one in which the burden of communication is on the speaker that person is expected to be clear Get to the point be specific A good direct speaker is one who ensures that the listeners understand what is being said […]

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Cultural Dimension: me or we

Cultural Dimension: me or we

Individualism or collectivism? Do you define yourself as an “I” or a “we”? In considering cultural dimensions or attributes individualism the “I” prefers independence and self-reliance As an individual you are expected to take care of yourself and your immediate family but you have no obligation to the larger community. Cultures which focus on individualism […]

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Cultural Dimension: low versus high power distance

Cultural Dimension: low versus high power distance

POWER DISTANCE Do you feel more comfortable working in a strong hierarchy or do you prefer a sense of equality with all of your colleagues? This sensibility is called “power distance” and it concerns the degree to which power is distributed and expected in an organization or other culture. How does an individual, or group […]

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Cultural Dimension: time versus relationship

Cultural Dimension: time versus relationship

Time or relationship? How do you or your company approach work? Are the people or the task more important? Which takes precedence? On one end of this spectrum is a strong focus on time and task. Nurturing your relationships with co-workers or clients is much less important than simply getting the work done and getting […]

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Cultural Dimension: display of emotion

Cultural Dimension: display of emotion

If there is conflict at work, how do you demonstrate your emotions? when you’re angry, thrilled or otherwise feel strongly about an issue, do you heat up or do you cool down? This demonstrative spectrum runs from hot to cold. From very loud to very soft. From very verbal to very restrained. Some cultures favor […]

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Cultural Dimension: achieved status versus ascribed status

Cultural Dimension: achieved status versus ascribed status

To whom do we offer 0:00:330,0:00:12.159 In some cultures your status is based on your individual achievements. In the U.S. for example we love a rags-to-riches story. During Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in two thousand and eight one of the most compelling parts of his narrative described how he had been abandoned by his father […]

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