There’s one thing which annoys me greatly being back in the Netherlands, and that is the overwhelming amount of rules, procedures, policies and people who make sure you keep those rules. I’m not talking about traffic rules, I do understand about safety. Rules like, what color my house should be painted or not; if I’m … More Rules – collectivism
Oops, Within the first week with my new car I received 2 traffic tickets for driving too fast. Yep, it’s a small and fast car, -the first time not a family car-. It accelerates easy and is very silent so I don’t hear on the motor how fast I drive, which I could tell with … More Rules
There are a few features which we use to compare- and analyse multiple cultures. One of them is the difference between a collective- or individualistic cultures. It’s about preceding needs; the collective needs (the needs of the family, clan or group) or the individual needs (personal needs). When you are aware of these distinctions, it’s great … More A look on multi cultural diner customs
Why my blog is not diversity based A friend of mine adviced me to tag diversity in my blogs that would score a lot of hits. But I’m so tired of the whole diversity topic; “Diversity at work”, “managing diversity”. It’s what I’ve studied, how to train people in dealing with diversity. Learning people to … More Diversity versus cultural intelligence
I’m a white person (no worries I’m not offended, as I am white and I like my cheese too, so no offence if you call me cheesehead) who are a minority in Qatar. The new scold word seems to be ‘being privileged’, I’m not offended as I think I’m lucky indeed. But the negative tone … More Privileged a new scold?
Let me picture a situation; Me, a white Dutch woman and my dog in a islamic desert country. In Holland most people don’t have big gardens or yards where we can keep our dogs. So most dogs are inside the house and part of the family. For the usuall toilet needs, we take the dog … More Cultivating dog shit
3 Months ago we had to move house, to a different part of the city. Even it was a move in the a city I already knew, it’s only now that I can say that I’m getting used to my new surroundings. After 3 months I can drive home without thinking about how and when … More Necessarity of routines
Last week I wrote about fear. But writing about fear made me realise that fear also has got everything to do with trust. Fear is a lack of trust; a trust that ‘it will be alright’. In many ways I’m very privileged; I come from a society where I can trust the health system, police … More Trust
Fear Have you ever been afraid? really feared for your existance; your life, your way off living? Well, I have. And it makes you shrink, your body, your brain, everything stops and you want to crawl back into a save place, and shut the door and window for everything. All creative thinking of how to … More What’s society so afraid of?
From a cultural perspective, time is a very interesting phenomenon. Because it depends in which culture and where you’ve been raised how you live with time. “You’ve got the clock, we’ve got time” Is an african saying. And like most sayings there’s some truth in that. In most cities in Europe you’ve got clock- or … More Time or clock?