Let’s play a game

March 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm 1 comment

Yesterday and this morning, I sat at the plenary sessions and listened to those often remarkably intelligent people talking to around 600 probably very clever attendants about intercultural dialogue. How can it be promoted, what are the obstacles getting in its way, what are the tools involved and what is their impact etc.? And I came to think about the very concept of dialogue. Its definition on the most used Internet sites seems to involve “two or more people” and a “conversation”, this last concept involving “communication” and “two or more people” (by the way, the definition of “conversation” on Wikipedia is quite surprising and interesting…). So basically we are left with “communication” and “two or more people”.

Well let’s play a game. Maybe some of the speakers of the 2 sessions imagined the audience naked to get over their emotion, well let’s use a special time-machine and make everyone in the Forum 3 years-old. They are still people, still able to communicate, so still able to dialogue. Let’s then make a little more magic and allow them to all speak the same language, let’s say Albanian (chosen in alphabetical order). Do the same questions about dialogue apply? Would religion, colour, geographical origin get in the way? Well I don’t think so. Then what I would like to work on, is what happens, in the region we are considering at the Forum (which is Mediterranean), from that state of humankind to the state in which dialogue between cultures becomes an issue, and more importantly, how can this specific change be avoided???

PS.: my little “language magic” would anyway have to be contemplated – isuue raised by one of the speakers –. Is a common language somehow a pre-requisite?


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  • 1. foxdenuk  |  March 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Well I’ve often heard the ‘Imagine your audience as naked’ advice but reducing us all to 3 year olds is a novel one for me. I love it and you’re right that at that age awareness of nationality, ethnicity, religious differences and so on does not exist (though maybe we would all be fighting over our toys!)


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