Developing Cultural Empathy: Perspective Taking

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This article reflects on example biases that could impact one’s intercultural behavior and decision making and how the role of the media is shaping ideas about cultures. Finally, specifics of the European culture are analyzed as relevant for global talent management issues. Culture is an unconsciously learned way of thinking and living of a particular group of people that reinforces that worldview through its in-group similarity [1]. To change ‘cultural … Continue reading

[Net Neutrality] (Cyber) Territory Development: Owned by Landlords or by the People?

The king has, in the struggle of defending his crown, given the virtual land to the landlords. Now the peasants pay the tolls to the privileged class who rules the online territory for the maximization of its own financial profits and influence. How will the insurgency look like? Time for (re-) new(-ed) alliances for effective and hopefully non-violent rebellion. Part of the solution: Platform Cooperativism Japan (PCJ) Platform Cooperativism Japan … Continue reading

Current ‘Happy Colorful Growth’ painting

1. Thought on art/painting Art can express the inexplicable. That’s  a remarkable potential we have because we still can’t explain the most important things, such as why there are ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ and what to do about it. Limitations in expression are limiting the thinking (yes, also this way round). We feel that there is something, somewhere in us, that holds more answers than we can explain with words. Art/painting is … Continue reading

Letter home: From a world citizen who doesn’t feel any worse

Thank you very much for your rich and engaging letter. I would also like to stress that I love you, unconditionally. Please take care and follow your heart, no matter what others are saying. Even if criticism between people can lead to counter criticism, I believe that “the world” in the actual/wider sense is waiting for each of us equally. I want no one to think she/he is less valuable than … Continue reading

Language nomad

In Deutscher Muttersprache Ond uf Schwiizerdütsch Interrotto le lezioni di italiano Etudié la langue française Worked in Business English 日本文化に浸る Und jetzt? Ond jetz? E adesso? Et maintenant? And now? そして今? Living as a language nomad …

Japan – Switzerland painting series

#081 United Colors of Humanity (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F8, 455×380) #75 Culture shock (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10 530 x 333) #73 Broken Cultures (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10, 530 x 450) #71 Lost city (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, P10 530 x 410) #70 Red ladder facade (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil color on wood panel, M12 606 X 410) #65 … Continue reading

Transitions

See it. You can’t ignore, so open. Happy natural simplicity? Understand you live with it. Translate. Believe it. You must not fear, so dare. Colorful enriched diversity? Trust you deal with it. Transpose. Act on it. You won’t stagnate, so share. Growth enabled genuineness? Choose you succeed with it. Transform. Be it. You’ll never arrive, so live. For all and everywhere? Here and now you melt with it. Transcend.