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diversophy® in Finland

We share with you an article posted on JAMK official website, 25 Nov 2019     New Horizons – creating intercultural dialogue with a game of cards developed in JAMK   JAMK University of Applied Sciences has for many years been working on promoting cultural awareness and intercultural dialogue. One way of generating intercultural interaction is a card game called New Horizons, published originally in 2016. The game is already in use in 48 countries around the world. This fall, a new edition of the game has been published especially for young people. Young New Horizons facilitates interaction and dialogue...

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Why E-Learning and Cultural Competency are a Bad Match

Today we share with you a post on  Chris Smit's  Culture Matters   site which articulates six solid reasons that show why what we seek to achieve in our games and many other intercultural interventions require real people rubbing elbows with each other. It is a short but powerful read. Everything tends to move online. We buy our books online, we do our groceries online, we book our tickets ourselves and even certain forms of training have taken on the shape of e-learning. Effective for some topics; in my eyes less effective for other topics. Of course I think that becoming...

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Pedagogica: @Ease Journal

The @Ease Journal offers the opportunity to know and affirm who you are and seize the day and cherish it. At the same time it shows you now to gently take the reins, over time, to steer towards satisfaction and happiness, which embodied, will enrich you and the world around you. 

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Les chansons de ma vie

Paul Schafer's musical reflection, which I shared with you yesterday, reminded me that some thirty-five years ago, with the advent of the writeable CD, I created as a holiday gift, LesChansons de ma vie, a collection of the songs which I felt had either shaped my life or accompanied me well throughout its vicissitudes. It was a new way of sending myself to my friends and inviting them to be with me, body and soul, ears and heart, however great the geography separating us. The obvious starting point is one of my all-time favorite balladeers, George Moustaki, heard here inviting friends, les amis,...

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Practica: Bring music out of hiding

Unsplash photo by Mohammad Metri – https://unsplash.com/photos/1oKxSKSOowE What part does music play in the flow of our personal and cultural narratives? This question presses on me for reflection if not an answer since the beginning of this week when Paul Schafer, whom many of you may know from his books on culture, sent me a blog posting of musical reflection, complete with video inserts of music pivotal in his life. You can find and enjoy it here. Most of us too easily forget music in our work and lives as interculturalists, despite it's being all around us in so many cultural...

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