Retreat To Move Forward, Part II

My notes from the GPS Retreat on January 14, 2013.
  • Knowledge + Practice = Competence
  • Marginalization occurs when the individual cannot change and the culture is not open. Here's the environment in which gangs thrive because no one goes unclaimed for long.
  • We're not aware of our own culture the way a fish doesn't know from water.
  • Culture tends not to explain itself.
  • We all act normal and natural; it's just that normal and natural vary by culture.
  • Make an assumption of positive intent.
  • Build a bridge by connecting with another's sense of values.
  • The Art of Intercultural Competency
    • know as much about the other
    • know what informs you
  • Falsehood that if I change I am not being authentic to myself.