LUGANO CONGRESS May 25-27, 2018

Collective Success through Cultural Intelligence

Nurturing Diversity for Societal Advancement, Creativity & Innovation

The SIETAR Switzerland Board is delighted to announce its first Congress which will take place at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana.

We are extremely proud to share some of the names of our congress presenters:

  • Matthew Hill has agreed to act as our Master of Ceremonies.
  • Dr Christoph Barmeyer will deliver our opening presentation.
  • Dr Marie-Therese Claes will moderate a panel discussion on current culture-related research and implications for praxis.
  • Dr Yih-Teen Lee will bring a new perspective on global leaders.
  • Samuel van den Bergh will conduct an interactive workshop on Sunday morning.
  • Joe Kearns will lead a pre-congress Migration Focus Point Workshop

Expect many more surprises: a writers’ corner, a students’ scientific posters’ competition and also wonderful venues for our opening apéro and gala dinner !

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Over the years, the intercultural field has revisited the notion of culture and the impact of different norms on human exchanges, focussing on the issues impacting intercultural interactions.

In parallel, the drive towards uniformity for the benefits of globalisation has clearly shown its limitations and the positioning of man at the centre of the ecosystem we occupy, demonstrated its incoherence with sustainability.

In a world undergoing profound mutations, a key element for social transformation is the co-existence of diverse cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and values. Discriminatory attitudes and policies against those perceived as different have crept into organizations and society at large, in an attempt to neutralize, reduce or even eliminate diversity, wrongly perceived as a cost and disturbance.

Our purpose for this congress is to go beyond differences and focus on new perspectives, practices and positive actions that can support the co-creation of a common culture that will nurture itself from increased diversity – both in our daily lives and in the workplace – and lead to a better world.

Our role as intercultural trainers, coaches and mediators is essential to support this process. Our practice needs to respond to the challenge.

We have a great venue in Lugano thanks to the support of our academic advisor, the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The Board welcomes your attendance, asks you to save the date in your agenda and to spread the word for our first congress which, we trust, will provide for inspiring exchanges and enhanced learning opportunities. Membership rates for registration will be extended to all SIETAR National Association members.