Can’t I say or do anything anymore? Intercultural communication competencies
The “Can’t I say or do anything anymore?” workshop draw inspiration from a successful training program of the same name implemented at the City of Reykjavik, an office employing over 8 000 people with diverse background including immigrants, people with disability, or members of the LGBTQ community. As Joanna Marcinkowska, an immigrant specialist form the Human Rights and Democracy Office of Reykjavik, points out: “Sometimes it is not easy to treat everybody the same no matter how hard we try. So how do we show respect in a diverse society? Which jokes are OK? And what is micro-aggression?” In this workshop, Joanna will look into how knowledge of human rights can help us to communicate and feel comfortable around people with diverse background. She will also talk about negative consequences of generalizing and prejudice and provide guidance on how to initiate similar training at your office or organisation.