Practica: Your cultural weather report


Yesterday I promised to offer some practical ways to employ the weather/culture metaphor to your own cultural identity narrative. Here is one procedure that you can try for yourself as well as use for training or teaching to explore the cultural climate(s) people find themselves in:

  1. Identify three cultural narratives or values ascribed to what you feel to be your dominant cultural background(s). You may use your own experience to identify these or consult the Cultural Detective or another intercultural model if you prefer.
  2. Assess how strongly you feel they are a part of the culture itself & assign a temperature to them 0° (frozen, not operative) to 50° extremely hot, active & compelling in the cultural environment).
  3. Now, assess how strongly you feel that these are a part of you. Again, assign a temperature to them 0° (frozen, rejected, not operative) to 50° extremely hot & driving in your life).
  4. Write a brief story about how you actually learned, experienced or lived out each item you identified.
  5. Are winds of change affecting these parts of you or your culture? What are they about? How strong do you feel they are? (0 to 100kph). Are they steadily blowing or gusting? Describe a real-life example of this.
  6. Imagine yourself a cultural meteorologist. What do you predict, fear, hope about this element of your culture going forward?
  7. Share & compare with your team. Take turns discussing your results one item at a time. Take your time, ask questions, explore alternative views.

 

 

 

 

Which words can bring to life the weather/culture metaphor as you feel it? Use them in your descriptions and stories if they fit for you.

 

 

Rainy
Stormy
Sunny
Cloudy
Hot
Cold
Dry
Humid
Windy
Hurricane
Typhoon
Sand-storm
Tornado
Foggy, misty
Hail
Sleet
Rainy
Drought
Wildfire
Blizzard
Avalanche

 

 

My cultural weather report worksheet 

(Create a separate page for each cultural narrative or value you wish to explore).

Identify a cultural narrative or value ascribed to what you feel is one your dominant cultural background(s). Use your own experience to identify it or consult the Cultural Detective or another intercultural model if you prefer.

 

 

 

 

  1. Assess how strongly you feel this story or value is part of the culture itself and assign a temperature to it. 

 

Frozen, not operative         Lukewarm       Hot, driving the culture

   0° ---- 10° ---- 20° ---- 30°  ---- 40° ---- 50°

3. How strongly you feel this story or value is a part of you. Again, assign a temperature to them 0° (frozen, rejected, not operative) to 50° extremely hot and driving in your life).

Frozen, not operative Lukewarm Hot, drive how I feel & act

   0° ---- 10° ---- 20° ---- 30° ---- 40° ---- 50°

4.  Write a brief personal story telling how you actually learned, experienced or live out the cultural narrative or value you identified.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Are winds of change affecting this part of you or your culture? What are they about? How strong do you feel they are? 

Not blowing now Breezy    Brisk & Gusting     Strong steady   Storm force

0kph -- 30 kph -- 40kph -- 60kph -- 80kph -- 100kph

Describe briefly a real life-example of this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.   Imagine yourself a cultural meteorologist. What is your weather prediction, fear, hope about this element of your culture going forward?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share and compare with a colleague or friend or your team doing this same exercise. Take turns discussing your results one item at a time. Take your time, ask questions, explore alternative views.

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