“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Welcome on Interculturalconnection, the Website dedicated to the improvement of your Diversity and Inclusion understanding.
My name is Emmanuel, alias Mister Diversity. I am a French immigrant, Professional in Communication and Marketing, passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, with a pronounced interest in interculturalism.
Four years ago, I immigrated to Canada and lived in Toronto – one of the top 5 multicultural cities in the World – the best school to learn about diverse cultures and to understand how they benefit from each other on a common location.
“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.” Kofi Annan (Ghanian Diplomat, 7th UN Secretary-General, 2001 Nobel Peace Prize Winner) —
Toronto is not only famous for its cultural mix, but it is also a very popular destination for all LGBT people of the Word. A lot of them, born in other countries, choose to immigrate to Canada, where they know they will find more freedom.
For all those reasons, Canada appears to me like one of the best countries in terms of inclusion of minority groups.
“Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.” Anonymous.
Through my diverse International experience, I have noticed that many organisations and individuals face a recurrent problem: the lack of understanding of each other, be it cultural, gender, disability, sexual-orientation or age related.
Needless to say, in our interconnected World, this issue is a major one.
- On an individual level, it often leads to prejudices and biases toward people who are different.
- On a professional level, inclusion and diversity programs are, unfortunately, very often relegated to the second rank. This leads organizations to make bad strategic choices, unaware of their internal problems or of the cultural pitfalls they will encounter.
“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” Mother Teresa (Roman Catholic Religious Sister and missionary)
This website has the purpose of helping people learn how to embrace diversity, at different level.
Interculturalconnection will undeniably bring you some good insights and inspirations.
You will find all kinds of articles. Some technical ones, some psychosociological ones, and some more personal ones, related to lessons I learn through my daily life, articles/books I read or movies that catch my attention.
Finally, you will find articles about people who, in my opinion, contribute in bridging races and differences and gathering people in a genuine and/or innovative way. They are Diversity Professionals and/or Community Builders. I call them the “Inclusion key people”.
I hope you will have pleasure reading my posts. Please, feel free to contribute.