Those that have been in the diversity mindset for many years has seen the dialog change from “tolerating” the differences between cultures to “embracing” those differences. This was often a theme at the Oakland County Employment Diversity Council during its monthly meetings that had been designed for human resources professionals. But transforming your outlook to this degree requires more than lectures and graphs. It requires a story one can easily relate to.
Probably the most interesting of all diversity-oriented books. Three Cups of Tea is the exciting true story of one man's mission to promote peace - one school at a time. The book does not rely on charts and diagrams as are so common in diversity books. Instead it tells the story of Greg Mortensonas he sought to establish schools across 100 miles of rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. He offers a gripping look at how he was able to overcome the challenges of being an "outsider" in such a manner as to touch the reader's heart. His writing helps readers understand the impact of reaching out to new cultures in such a way as to apply across generations, ethnicity, and other cultural distinctions.
So if you are looking for a life changing book that will truly help you understand how you embrace a culture, Three Cups is the next book you need to read.
© Max Impact, used with permission.
Additional Diversity Resources
- Culture Bridges are a look at the contents of the character within each of us. Information is contained on more than 20 different categories of culture.
- Cultural Faux Pas is an interesting quiz about marketing mistakes made by others.
- Culture Quizzes allow you to test your cultural IQ with fun and informative quizzes.
Diversity by the numbers
- Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
- 35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap.
- 50 Activities for Promoting Communication and Understanding at Work: The Diversity Training Activity Book
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