Monday, April 30, 2007

A world of connections

Wireless technology is progressing very rapidly. According to Kenneth Cukier, Technology Correspondent of The Economist, it will be tremendously useful that new wireless technologies will link both people and lots of objects. But: it will be tricky getting there.

Wireless communication tools will certainly cause a major change in our daily lives. Are we prepared for such changes? How can we adapt ourselves to this ongoing process?

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Technical aspects of multiculturalism

Don't miss this week's issue of The Economist. A highly interesting 14-page special report on the coming wireless revolution is awaiting you.

From my personal perspective the title "When everything connects" involves the merging of cultural diversity as well.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Communication Styles

Interacting and communicating with other people involves different styles of communication.
In general there are three basic styles of communication:
  1. aggressive
  2. passive
  3. assertive
Schulz von Thun differs eight communication styles:
  1. bedürftig abhängige Stil
  2. helfende Stil
  3. selbst-lose Stil
  4. aggressiv-entwertende Stil
  5. sich beweisende Stil
  6. bestimmende-kontrollierende Stil
  7. sich distanzierende Stil
  8. mitteilungsfreudig-dramatisierende Stil

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Models of Intercultural Communication

I have just finished reading this book on Intercultural Communication. The authors discuss different methods, models and examples of intercultural communication.

Moreover, they demonstrate how different models and methods of communication psychology such as the Kommunikationsquadrat, das Innere Team und das Wertequadrat can be used as an effective tool for intercultural communication issues.