Introduction to I-Culture and We-Culture — Awareness and Communication Skills to Prepare for a Global We-Space

Come and join us in this free 90-min webinar that teaches I-Culture and We-Culture awareness as a powerful tool to work towards a global We-Space.

When the non-European-white population in the City of Bellevue of Washington exceeded half of their total population, the local government has stepped up and created the vision to embrace the diversity with a fierce dedication. Meanwhile, the staff have become acutely aware of a thick, impenetrable, and even mysterious cultural barrier as the they interact with people with different ethnic origins and background, especially first-generation immigrants from countries like Asia, Africa, and South American. Even though they all speak English, the meaning carried by words seem to land in completely foreign lands, especially simple words like “yes”, “no”, or “I”. Resonance Path Institute worked with the City and created trainings to help the staffs and residents to navigate through their now truly global community. This seminar is adapted from these training materials.

I-Culture and We-Culture refer to two macroscopic cultural systems. I-Culture is more predominant in North America and northern European countries. Their social political infra-structure is founded on the commitment to protect the fundamental nature of the “I” as an independent entity with maximal individual freedom and sovereignty. We-Culture is more predominant in Asia, Africa and South American. The social political structure and traditional practices gives more priority to the fundamental nature of “I” as a unit of a whole, in ways each culture understands how unit and whole relate with each other.

These two cultural models develop very different assumptions about basic ideas such “I”, “We” and how they shall relate and evolve with each other. The massive social infra-structures are the legacy from how these ideas developed and evolved within each country’s cultural legacies. People also communicate drastically different from these two modes of awareness. Many of the inter-culture conflicts and tensions on personal or collective level arise out of a lack of understanding of the distinction of the two.

This seminar will introduce a set of maps to navigate these two cultural modes of awareness, and teach people how to become aware of these two modes inherent within themselves, regardless their ethnic and cultural origin. We will introduce some basic communication practices sourced from these two cultural systems. We will also discuss the Hidden Pole, namely the “Shadow-We” in the I-Culture, and the “Shadow-I” in the We-Culture. These Hidden Pole contribute to the ever-insistently present shadow in our life. Recognizing them may help us more effectively receive its gifts, so we can be a more powerful agent in engaging in a global we-space.

Learning the I-Culture and We-Culture distinction will provide you a fresh perspective of the global patterns of cultural and sociopolitical conflicts, new awareness about your own cultural heritage regardless where you are from, and equip you with some basic skills and awareness when interacting with people from different cultural background.

Seminar will be offered with two time slots.

Option 1: 11/30/17, 5 pm — 6:30 pm Pacific Time. Option 2: 12/2/17, 10 am — 11:30 am Pacific Time.

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Originally published at Resonance Path Institute.

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