Cross-cultural understanding (CUP)

As different cultures have different strengths and weaknesses, cross-cultural collaboration and thereby sharing and implementing knowledge across borders, can significantly increase the quality of both operations and life itself.  At the same time, to understand another culture is not always easy and before international partners start working with each other, we have to understand the other partner’s point of view, so that whatever happens will not be confusing to us.

HR&S offers workshops and coaching providing tools for cross-cultural understanding, learning and partnership (CUP). The CUP addresses over cross-cultural communication and identifies each partner’s expectations and each partner’s core values. The principle ‘equal partnership’ is defined for each collaboration programme. HR&S support with carefully clarifying the input offered and expected by all partners, the sharing of tasks and responsibilities, and the sharing of benefits. The programme coaches through the different stages in a partnership, including start-up team-building exercises and the joint designing of activity plans and progress markers. HR&S coaches in the development of agreements and legal support. The CUP also offers travels to Africa as well as sales of African handicraft.

Trust and understanding

For example, whether we plan to take an employment in another country, put effort in designing a project, invest money, or start a new business, we have to understand the expectations on us by our new colleagues and partners, and we ourselves have to make the necessary effort be clear about what we expect from the partnership.  Moreover, HR&S argues that implementation of sustainable partnership require a institutional framework where partners collaborates as equals, and thus contribute and benefit equally.

The CUP addresses:
- Scientific collaboration.
- Social enterprising partnership.
- Development programme collaboration.
- Integration.
- Return to home-country.

Aim and operations

The aim with the Cross-cultural, understanding, learning, respect and partnership (CUP) programme is to:
- Increase general cross-cultural knowledge and understanding.
- Provide information about conditions and realities in different countries.
- Provide information about systems and structures.
- Impose empowerment and respect.
- Meet needs.
- Make people successful in what they are doing and want to do.
- Capture good ethics, good structures and efficiency within collaboration and across cultures.
- Facilitate integration.
- Prevent poverty- forced migration.

HR&S is collaboration with a cross-cultural team for the implementation of CUP. The CUP programme offers platforms for cross-cultural knowledge sharing. Such knowledge is based on both scientific findings as well as testimonies from persons with deep cross-cultural experiences. We offer workshops, seminars, social events, coaching of programmes and "round table meetings" with authorities and policy makers and written material. Different scenarios are discussed, and contacts are established. The social events has participants from different cultures and can be group walk, grilling, music, dancing, cooking, dancing, doing handicraft).

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