Programme Session Details 2024

Hit the pause button on traditional learning

Corresponding Author: Phillippa Rose

All authors: Mo-Ling Chui

Length: 90 minutes


Hit the pause button on traditional learning and step into a transformative workshop that explores cultural competence through principles of design thinking and the power of play.

Drawing on the participatory nature of Lego Serious Play, participants will “think with their hands” in a series of activities aimed at developing cultural intelligence and promoting equitable mindsets across teams. Time-boxed sessions will allow participants to make stuff and respond to critical questions around understanding cultures, influences and mitigating bias.

We will work in groups to share and co-design a response to a challenge around inclusivity and community tailored for adult learners. Groups will share stories and perspectives, identifying challenges and opportunities for fostering inclusion. The workshop applies Stuart Hall’s “Circuit of Culture” framework to analyse nuances of cultural studies and cognitive biases.

Playing our way to progress, participants will leave equipped with tangible strategies to promote a more culturally competent and inclusive workplace and learning environments.

References, web links and other resources: re: team

Workshop glossary:-
a large and diverse set of mostly intangible aspects of social life. According to sociologists, culture consists of the values, beliefs, systems of language, communication, and practices that people share in common and that can be used to define them as a collective. A way of life, a way of doing things, Raymond Williams, A Vocabulary of Culture & Society, 1976

Cultural Identity is a matter of ‘becoming’ as well as of ‘being’.
It belongs to the future as much as to the past. It is not something which already exists, transcending place, time, history and culture. Cultural identities come from somewhere, have histories. But, like everything which is historical, they undergo constant transformation. Far from being eternally fixed in some essentialised past, they are subject to the continuous ‘play’ of history, culture and power. Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora, 1994

Biases: tendencies to lean in a certain direction, either in favour of or against a particular perspective, thing, person, group… To lack a neutral and objective viewpoint.

Cultural Intelligence: can be understood as the capabilities and competencies to relate and work effectively across cultures. based on interest, knowledge, confidence and culturally
diverse experiences. A term used in business, education, government and academia.