Awoke in Progress: An Interactive Journal for Developing Intercultural Consciousness

You know that awkward moment? We’ve all lived it. That moment when you or someone you know feels tongue-tied talking with a person of a different race or culture? If it’s awkward one-on-one, imagine the impact on your organization! Our common knee-jerk reaction is to minimize or not even acknowledge differences. It may seem like a good idea to go-along-to-get-along, but it actually undermines individuals, our relationships, and our impact at work.

Hidden assumptions are often at play; bits of knowledge about cultures, races, or social groups which get stored in our brains. Once lodged in our minds, they can inadvertently influence our behavior toward others while we remain oblivious to their influence. Realizing empathy for your own and others’ experience is an on-going process of awakening, one that benefits you and your organization. The intent of this interactive journal is to provide a safe space to support and capture your own awakening work.

Develop the skills and heart to successfully talk and work with people from different backgrounds. Feel free to build authentic working relationships and develop the cultural self-awareness that creates an environment of safety and belonging for everyone.