For A Productive Intercultural Dialogue
Business growth does not only thrive on competition but also on trust and cooperation. This is certainly true in the globalized world of today. To this end Living Stone Centre builds on four values in a dynamic learning cycle:
- Openness implies manifesting true interest in the cultural other, and the readiness to discard prejudices and traditional certainties. These qualities are crucial for a productive encounter with other cultures.
- Equality is the basis for respect. Acknowledging the value of other worldviews does not imply accepting and taking on different values as one's own. It means acquiring the flexibility of seeing them as they are in the context of another cultural filter, not through one's own ethnocentred frame.
- Dialogue is about reciprocity and empathy. Apart from mere tolerance (people agree to disagree), reciprocity implies maintaining the moral community despite differences. It is unity in diversity: experiencing the wealth of creating new cultural models through exchanges, common activities. On the road to become 'friends for life'.
- Amazement remains the fundamental onset to deeper reflection and creative thinking. Amazement touches heart and mind, our guides on the path towards wisdom.