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The Daily Praxis

The Daily Praxis: Get Dirty

We’ve spent a couple of weeks sharing concepts and actions. How are things going? It’s one thing to have an academic or intellectual understanding of intercultural competence, but the actions, the practice is what increases our capacity to be interculturally competent.

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The Daily Praxis: Observe Yourself

Making honest observation of our own thoughts, words and actions help change makers identify where and how biases are presenting themselves. The most important, and maybe challenging, is being vulnerable enough with ourselves and admit we have internal work to do.

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The Daily Praxis: Know Your Bias

Transformative Praxis is about change makers building our awareness of self and others. When things are brought to our awareness we’re able to be more intentional. Today our praxis is about becoming aware of implicit biases, or unconscious biases.

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The Daily Praxis: Seek Authenticity

Finding and cultivating genuine relationships can be a challenge in a time and society where interactions can often feel transactional. Transformative Praxis is about interrupting patterns of the status quo and being intentional and human centered. Seeking authentic interactions and relationships are essential to being a change maker increasing their intercultural competence.

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The Daily Praxis: Greet the Sun

Spending just 20 minutes in nature daily has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and counter depression. Clean, fresh air, sunshine, and foliage actually help us feel connected and grounded. Nature is a great resource for change makers to access their creativity, focus, and concentration. Skills helpful for exercising intercultural competence.

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The Daily Praxis: Manage the Stress

Stress can manifest in a variety of ways, and impacts our ability to think critically (access our frontal lobes), which can inhibit our intercultural capacity. It limits our ability to think creatively. Creativity allows change makers the space to think differently.

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The Daily Praxis: Find Your People

Being an ally is important. So is having allies. Transformative Praxis is work that takes persistence and discipline. As we quoted in a previous post, this work is individual work but it doesn’t have to be done alone. Observe others that are demonstrating that they are intentional about increasing their intercultural competence and start building relationships.

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The Daily Praxis: "Why?"

In building intercultural competence, asking the question “why?” can help us uncover any unintentional biases, as well as root or systemic causes. Why is a question about intent, and when we ask it explicitly it’s a Transformative Praxis - it keeps us curious AND allows us to ensure that our impact is aligned with our intentions.

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The Daily Praxis: Identify Support

Remember, these forms help our Transformative Praxis by cultivating our self awareness - an essential component for increasing intercultural competence. Today, let’s challenge ourselves to investigate the support we will need to incorporate this into our practice. Do you need to find a cooking class or yoga meet-up? Explore what you’ll need to be successful.

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