Communicating in a Changing World

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker

Reflection 1_AGauer

Resources/readings: IC textbook, Chapter 1: The Significance of Intercultural Communication in a Global Community; Hamilton, Chapters 2, 3 and 4

A nice introduction to the vastness of intercultural communication; and the significant role that it plays in our local and global diaspora of personal, social, economic, and environmental connections. It is clear to many of us that we are living in an increasingly global society with an almost absurd ease and frequency of online communication. The text mentions excellent examples of increased mobility, tech advances, shared global concerns in health and the environment, opportunities for international cooperation like SCI, increased immigration, and the assuming effects of international business and politics.

What stands out to me is the American footprint on the planet – our exhaustive use of natural resources, and our contribution to pollution. More importantly, our ignorance of its impact on the rest of the world, particularly in LDCs (less developed countries). How we communicate and disseminate this awareness cross-disciplinarily remains vital to the ways in which we deepen our own intercultural understanding and in relation to others.

As we approach 8 billion people on the planet, we are now more than ever faced with the task of intercultural examination and study. As we discuss academic ways of studying intercultural communication through linguistics, anthropology, and psychology, how can we practice mindfulness not only personally, but professionally? I’m looking forward to learning some practical, but powerful ways to implement mindfulness in the government, public, and private sectors as informed “embodied agents”, for example.