This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Pellegrino, being a cross cultural expert, he is sharing with us his personal and professional experience about how do very different cultures can successfully coexist next to each other. Is it difficult to live in Norway, being an expat? Do you know how to establish the mutual understanding between Italian and Norwegian?
Pellegrino comes form both an English and an Italian background, and is currently living in Norway. For the past 27 years he has travelled around the world and interacted with countless different cultures, nationalities and people-types. His work philosophy is to work with what you enjoy and what you are passionate about, what you believe you can excel in and are prepared to work hard to be excellent at, and only work with what can bring about positive change in yourself and in other people.
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This is now my absolute favorite TedTalks! I’m communications major now going for intercultural communication...
I wish I could sit down with you and have a discussion... this is exactly the stuff I love to hear in intercultural communication group. I got my BA in history and wants to teach, but learned quickly that I want to both make a difference and bridge the divide between cultures. It’s amazing how the world improves when we learn how to approach life with cultural relativism but in a practical and adaptive ways!
He said the world champions of complaining are the Dutch, another Ted talk speaker once said the English are the champs of complaining, and another comment down says it's the Germans. Who is the champion?
“I brought them up here to illustrate the point of conformity: the difficulty in maintaining your own beliefs in the face of others. Now, those of you -- I see the look in your eyes like, "I would've walked differently." Well, ask yourselves why you were clapping. Now, we all have a great need for acceptance. But you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go, "That's bad." Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Tom Schulman, Dead Poets Society .
I born in subcontinent, explore my country first and understand different culture and places around me, and move to europe spend few years and had same experience from the exploring and understanding human, places and culture around as asia middle east still going on my exploring. boom line i agreed with the fact picture has 2 sides we should focus and adopt good sides of the picture and speed the same. wonderful talk.
I use this to teach intercultural communication - thank you so much the students love it. Yes you are correct always be curious it is so rewarding. I teach students from other cultures and I am always curious and they really respond so well to someone being interested in them.
Great speaker. Have had the same experiences at the store ( when i told an older man that he shouldn't just jump to the New line before the others) and With a parking ticket that I convinced them ( after two tries) to void. Also politeness and conversation styles can be so different in various culture. Learn from and take the best for each culture.
I found this a very interesting and engaging presentation. I liked the humour too. Having lived in 3 very different cultures It resonated with me: Colombian, British and US. I also liked the idea that Curiosity is very important trying to understand, adapt and survive. This has helped me a lot, as I am a curious person.
This talk is more akin to a racial comedy jam session than a scientific talk that can be used for instruction. The difference - comedy is intended to make you laugh only and, unlike this mess, no conclusion is drawn from any stereotypes or fallacies presented.
In the conclusion what is he trying to instill in his children again? Is he trying to instill in his children the best of all the stereotypes that he rattled off during the course of the video? This is an entertaining video but should be on comedy central not TEDx.
Let me offer some much better advice for cross-cultural communication and diversity - be aware of customs and traditions and AVOID STEREOTYPES AT ALL COSTS.
Had me in tears but because I am half British, Half Italian, Half Dutch and half French. Yes I'm a big lady...jokes apart I loved this talk but is that because of my background? How many in the audience really understood the humour in the talk? It's about knowing your audience but when you have a multiculti audience how do you position your humour? without offending anyone or sounding too 'schadenfreude' - an area I thoroughly enjoy!
In American culture, you take the wheel off the car to avoid not having your car outside the line. The traffic cop wants to give you a ticket anyway. You refuse and take it to court. It gets picked up in the local news and gets broadcast all over the internet where tens of thousands of self-identified social commentators (and a few self-identified attack helicopters) have something to say about it, along with a handful of youtubers. The case gets appealed to the state supreme court. From here, numerous memes have been made, and people start taking sides. It now becomes an argument between individual liberty and oppressive government, as the case gets appealed to the US supreme court. Shock waves are felt across the country as the 5 to 4 ruling is made in favor of the most insidious and horrible side of the argument (which is always the side opposed to yours), proving that racism and sexism are "alive and well" in our white supremacist patriarchal male privilege objectifying something something state. Massive protests, people block traffic, "All Tires Matter", and by this time we're electing our umpteenth anti-Christ who will surely bring the final days of our country.
Did I skip anything?
Thank you for a very good talk, also a good show. Am preparing a lecture on intercultural sensitivity for my students, and apart from the content (especially the curiosity message) you inspire me to put together a really good show!
Our studycoaching lecturer made us watch this (I'm in an international course in the Netherlands), and I just rewatched this because I will never forget the whole complaining thing. It's really just a matter of how you go about certain characteristics. Really opened my eyes, and I can't wait to see more of the world asap. Thank you for sharing!
The walk in the forest thing is bullshit and offensive: I'm Italian and it didn't even cross my mind the mafia connection. Maybe his father didn't feel like walking in the forest, tha's all. What you wouldn't do for a cheap laugh...
I'm actually glad that our English teacher chose to have us prepare our exam by watching this vids. Second run and still finding it efficient (straight to the point) and funny :-)
(FYI I'm a postgraduate student in Supply Chain management and we've covered the negociation and cultual differences in business environnement) :-)
Yes, you are right .... then again, "Excuse me" and "scusate" both have 3 times as many syllables as "Hæ" and "Oi". I use these examples for comic effect so that people remember and actually start to observe what people REALLy say and do, which is the REAL basis for any form of emotional or cultural intelligence, observation and testing of theory against reality. Thanks for your comment.
Enjoyed your presentation a lot!!!! I am preparing my own presentation to other students from many different countries in Finland..The things you talked about Finnish are very true, I also was shocked by not talking while they are eating...oh my gosh..soooo frustrating situation. But now I decided to eat faster....instead of talking and lauging... :)
OMG I love this. Im an Aussie (mixed race from very traditional chinese and very true blue aussie) Now Im dating a norwegian! This was so goooood! Now I get why it shits me to tears when he says "WHAT?!" I always think... excuse me... that's a bit rude... but it's just the whole Hæ thing lol
I would like to show a portion of this video in a diversity and inclusion workshop at my organization. We have already contacted TED, and because this is a TEDx video, we were told we had to get permission from the source. I would love to know with whom I should get in touch to obtain legal permission to use this. Thank you!
I have both Korean and American, a little European, sides inside myself. It's hard to combine Eastern and Western cultures, because there are immense differences between the two, but just like Pellegrino said, the best way is to take out the good sides of each and then extend your cultural boundary. Of course, it's easier said than done, and struggles comes along with it, but eventually that's how you grow and that's how the world goes around.
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Very insightful talk. Being a visual thinker, it was sensational to see a manifestation of cultural orientations through the traffic pictures. I was wondering if you have done anything along the lines of intercultural contact? I am currently researching acculturation (specifically in the USA). Any insightful thoughts?
brilliant talk! Could somebody recommend me a good book about intercultural/cross-cultural communication? I have recently become interested in this and I would appreciate any good suggestion. Thank you.
+Adam 3 Also researching a little bit more. In a cross-cultural communications class, our teacher gave us this book which I very much adore. http://www.amazon.com/Basic-Concepts-Intercultural-Communication-Principles/dp/0983955840/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443198466&sr=1-1&keywords=milton+bennett
Great job, Pellegrino! Really enjoyed taking a light and humorous look at the serious issue of intercultural communication and relationship. I completely agree with you that we do SO MUCH BETTER by trying to give more objective assessment of OUR OWN CULTURE as the first step in understanding others. Thanks!
To the point in many ways. Thank you for sharing in an intelligent and entertaining way. Being a German having lived in Norway for about 28 years and working with immigrants I totally agree with you: A global mind set with the best things we can get! Yeah :) But this provokes a lot of people who are afraid of loosing "their culture" - anywhere. I like especially the Italian parking-solution: This combines German efficiency, Norwegian "must-pay-the-fine-mentality" and all the other southbound creative-chaotic-charming solutions.
+Pellegrino Riccardi sorry to be picky. for the wider world, generalities are useful to convey some ideas but of course they hide nuances and differences within societies. JUST FOR EXAMPLE: as a middle class uk person, i may well have much more in common with middle class folk in some other nations than working class folk in the uk. culture can be a thing [but this implies it is monolithic and static, but it isn't it's dynamic; material culture is the easiest example here - all that technology impinges on our cultural practices], culture is processive - people tend to 'do' culture, as much if not more than have it.
where you do see culture at the national level, this is most obvious in institutions - schools, for example; and most of us go through these.
otherwise, culture can be gender-based, age-based, interest-based, and plenty more ... nations tend to get overplayed by media and politics to try and make the nation seem like a unifier, and as if nation matters to people, but it does not, necessarily. war, world cup, olympics - these are when patriotism or, dread the thought, nationalism get foregrounded.
+Giffard Sercombe You are absolutely right, Giffard. Culture on a national level is just one meta-level and is therefore "vulnerable" to stereotyping. When I run my 2-day workshops, I have my participants take a cultural assessment as an individual and then you really see how diverse people are. There are also countless sub-levels of culture to add to the complexity. People do not like being stereotyped or typecast, and I prefer to talk about "generalizations" and "patterns of behaviour". At the same type, stereotypes come from somewhere, and if they were not real or powerful, we would not recognize them, and neither would we smile or laugh at them.
One suggestion: The world champions in complaining are the Germans, not the Dutch. (that may be the only context outside of football/soccer in which the Dutch would be okay with granting the championship to their neighbors)
+Leon Cooper While Scandinavians seek out the forest as a place of solitude and peace, for Italians the forest can be a dark and dangerous place. It is also a popular place to for the mafia to take people and "get rid of them". In my presentation, I also show a picture of a mafia godfather to emphasize this point.
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