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2018 15. Mar


By |2021-01-25T18:33:04+01:0015. March 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

The explosion of visual media sharing around the world presents great possibilities but also an urgent need to address the chronic misinterpretation of images and spaces of “cultural others.” The dynamics of making sense about the world, or making truthful assertions about realities of others, is not a forthright process because the world appears differently to different people. The meaning and function of objects or concepts are culturally coded, and therefore an interpretation is fixed according to the “cultural-toolkit” available to the one perceiving the object or other people. A blogpost by Regina Kessy.

2018 19. Feb


By |2020-12-14T10:32:45+01:0019. February 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

The Transcultural Caravan is more than happy to introduce our newest team members, Michelle Sun and Nicolas Göller, to the community. They are both students at Zeppelin University and will help us to further develop the Transcultural Caravan’s ideas, networks, events and research goals in the new year. In order to find out what they are up to exactly and how they came to work for the Transcultural Caravan, our Project Collaborator Vanessa set down with them for an interview.

2018 31. Jan


By |2020-12-14T10:35:24+01:0031. January 2018|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

Sabela Pérez García, a Spanish exchange student at the Zeppelin University (ZU) in Friedrichshafen, is currently on an internship in the compliance department of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Having performed very well, she was awarded a free ticket to the Transcultural Leadership Summit taking place at Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen. Here she chats over an espresso to Marcus A. Wassenberg, Chief Financial Officer of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, about what leadership and intercultural cooperation mean to her.

2017 29. Nov

Learning about Sub-Saharan Africa – this years Transcultural Leadership Summit

By |2021-01-25T18:19:31+01:0029. November 2017|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

Different cultures are not an obstacle to the activities of global corporations but are rather the starting point for global value-creation and cooperation. This was demonstrated at the two-day Transcultural Leadership Summit at Zeppelin University (ZU). At the congress, around 200 participants, including corporate leaders, experts from business and academia as well as PhD. students and undergraduates from all over Germany and abroad exchanged experiences and ideas about the leadership of global corporations and civil society organisations. The focus was on Sub-Saharan Africa.

2016 31. Oct

Transcultural Leadership Summit a great success

By |2021-01-25T18:26:24+01:0031. October 2016|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

Cultural heterogeneity, far from being an impediment to corporate success, constitutes a source of global value creation. This was the result of the two-day congress, „Transcultural Leadership Summit“, held on the campus of Zeppelin University (ZU) in Friedrichshafen. More than 190 participants – among them corporate leaders, experts from academia and business, and students – convened to share their ideas on leadership in globally operating enterprises. This year’s country of focus was China.

2016 01. Oct


By |2021-01-12T14:52:07+01:001. October 2016|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

In studies on the welfare state and in the field of social policy, approaches to empowerment and capability are fiercely debated. In Attachment Theory, John Bowlby and Amartya Sen, suggest the Capability Approach which argues that an individual with increased resilience during childhood – supported by a strong attachment to the mother – develops a stronger personality. Also, Bowlby and Sen emphasize that empowered individuals, with increased capability, have more opportunities to succeed in life. In the following post, the Attachment Theory and the Capability Approach are outlined as the theoretical basis for a new perspective on leadership. Subsequently, this article examines why and how motherly love helps to build sustainable, ethical Transcultural Leaders. A blogpost by Florine Weiß.

2016 29. Apr


By |2021-01-12T14:52:39+01:0029. April 2016|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

On November 30th, 2016 I published a little piece on this blog which constituted a cautious attempt to take the slightly dated, Marxist-inspired, mid-20th-century idea of transculturality – which had since informed most transcultural discourses – beyond its egalitarian roots. Severing the notion of transculturalism from those roots appeared imperative to me for three reasons... A blogpost by Dr Lennart Brand.

2016 20. Jan


By |2021-01-12T14:53:10+01:0020. January 2016|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

In contemporary studies, cultural relativism is a widespread phenomenon. Yet in order to acknowledge differences, a common basis is necessary on which one can frame these. In the following article, the theory of shared values is the basis used to take a critical look at the proclaimed relativity of culture. A blogpost by Jonas Kellermeyer.

2015 30. Nov


By |2021-01-12T14:53:41+01:0030. November 2015|Categories: All Posts, Blog|

In contrast to an understanding of transculturalism that rests on – and indeed celebrates – the idea that globalization causes cultures, nation states, traditions, etc. to blend into each other and to thereby surrender their identities, I shall argue below that transculturality mainly occurs in a transnational sphere superimposed upon, yet largely detached from, those of traditional nation states, their traditions, and their cultures. Pointing out that transculturality increasingly lends itself to being perceived and described, I shall eventually pose the question whether, beyond mere positive description, its emergence can be explained in metaphysical terms. A blogpost by Dr Lennart Brand.

“The more culture is considered a “thing” and not an ongoing coordination of meaning, the less able people are to see their own role in creating that meaning.” Milton Bennett “A different point of view is simply the view from a place where you’re not.” Fons Trompenaars “The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.” Paul Watzlawick “Conversation doesn’t have to lead to consensus about anything especially not values; it’s enough that it helps people get used to one another” Kwame Anthony Appiah “The art of progress is to reserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.” Alfred North Whitehead “The most powerful tool in economics is not money nor even algebra. It is a pencil. Because with a pencil you can redraw the world.” Kate Raworth “It is the trope of our times to locate the question of culture in the realm of the beyond!” Homi K. Bhabha, 1994 “In Africa there is a concept known as 'ubuntu' - the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others.” Nelson Mandela “The Global is not universal or ideationally determined. It’s relational and contextual, and we need to create knowledge around this.” Vishakha N. Desai “There can be no culture except where there is some consensus. Consensus is a matter of understanding. It is transmitted through communication, through example and through participation in a common life.” Robert Ezra Park, est. early 1920s
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