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How to Apply Storytelling to Intercultural Learning

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Storytelling is perhaps the world's second-oldest method of teaching and learning, after observation. There is incredible power in story: story can communicate who we are, it helps us feel we belong and remember who we aspire to be. Stories create connections, transmit truth and authenticity, help us get to know people and spaces in deep and meaningful ways, avoiding stereotypes.

The Cultural Detective Method is grounded in storytelling. Every one of the nearly 1000 critical incidents in our series are real stories of real people, trying their best in the world. The co-creation of stories and story sharing, as users do in Cultural Detective Online, can play a hugely important role in the development of trust.

In this very popular webinar Joanna Sell will review with us how storytelling affects our brains, including the newest neuroscience research. She will provide three powerful narrative tools that can be used in intercultural programs to enable learners to work with their own stories and their team stories. These tools dovetail seamlessly and in developmentally solid ways with Cultural Detective.

After a short Q&A, series creator Dianne Hofner Saphiere will introduce Cultural Detective Online as a powerful compilation of stories that can be used to reflect on the cultural influences that impact global collaboration, enhance self-reflection and inspire us to work with our own stories of intercultural teamwork.

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