The Future is Already Here! Are you Ready?
This was an inspiring discussion about culture, and how the differences in culture can cause a disconnect in our social lives, at work, and even amongst the members of our families! Our guide through this new and essential field of Inter-Cultural Intelligence, Roy Craft, touched on how culture itself is not based solely on the issue of religion, or national or ethnic origin, but of so much more! Exponential growth of technological change has created some serious cultural divides in our 21st century lives, and that change is not going to slow down so we can keep up. The value of inter-cultural intelligence is taken for granted in most workplaces and public spheres, but we learned that it absolutely should not be, and that we ought to investigate it.
Brief Outline of the program:
-Summary of the global cultural and technological shifts that have occurred in the last 50 years that are unique in human history.
-How these shifts have impacted individuals, organizations and societies: future shock and culture shock.
-Emergence of the new discipline of inter-cultural intelligence: what is it, where it came from and why it is important today.
-Overview of Inter-Cultural Intelligence training: application of both experiential and evidenced based resources.
About the speaker, Roy Craft:
Roy Craft has had a long and varied career from technical and retail fields to international corporate business to non-profit and higher education. He has simultaneously had a strong avocational interest in peace and sustainability.
For more than two decades, Craft worked in the automotive industry, where he held a number of management and executive leadership positions for Saab and General Motors both in the United States and Japan. Some of his other roles have been as an IT director, teacher of industrial engineering, financial analyst and management consultant and trainer.
Craft led the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, a 134-year-old Atlanta based non-profit, which played a major role in Atlanta’s response to Hurricane Katrina. The organization built a coalition, called Standing Together, assisting the 100,000 people who relocated to Atlanta during two weeks in 2005. For these efforts Craft received the Phoenix Award from the Mayor of Atlanta on behalf of the Regional Council.
During the last ten years in higher education, first at Morehouse College and then at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Craft developed programs in sustainability, vocational discernment, leadership development, and furthering STEM education in Georgia K-12 schools. In recent years he has served as one of the organizers of Maker Faire Atlanta, and annual festival that attracts 30,000 plus people in celebration of innovation, invention and learning. Currently he is working on various initiatives in education, community engagement and economic empowerment in Atlanta, GA and NE Florida.