Cultural Intelligence in the Digital World

Did you know that Cultural Intelligence or CQ is much more important than your IQ? More people are being hired by corporations because of their cultural intelligence (CI) or cultural quotient (CQ) than ever before. You see, we are living in a multi-cultural world. It is said that 75% of the people no longer live in their place of origin. This means there are people with different cultural views and perspectives and perceptions everywhere and not across the sea or borders.

So what does this mean? Learning how to reach across the chasm of cultural differences with love and respect is becoming an essential competency for today’s ministry leader or business professional. 

As is taught in our Cultural Intelligence class:

  1. First reaching across the chasm of cultural differences begins by understanding ourselves
  2. Second, it begins by discovering and understanding other
  3. Third, it is recognizing that we are living in this digital world. The way we live and communicate is very different today*

*by the way, this course is a hybrid course- students have both face to face and online/digital sessions. 

So how do we cross this cultural divide?

Did you know that we live in a cultural iceberg? Like an iceberg, there are cultural assumptions, unspoken cultural behaviors and beliefs that reside below the water line?

Our cultural intelligence course will be highly interactive looking at the Bible, music, movies, social media, and the arts through the lens of our multicultural world. We will understand what God thinks about people, culture, and even technology.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize and explain why contextualization is important in this multicultural world
    Articulate what cultural intelligence and CQ are and how it interacts with this digital age and global world.
  • Associate and discuss what it means to be a global village yet know how to interact in cross-cultural context and mediums.
  • Integrate and evaluate their culture, our emotions, social awareness, digital praxis and appropriateness of communication to digital natives and multicultural settings.

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