The Influence of Culture
In the video clip, several individuals demonstrate the different cultural settings. The discussion is based on developing an understanding of the factors that can be used to bridge the gap that exist or have established diversity. The aim is not to abolish cultural diversity but to establish links that would bring different cultures together. The panel uses various activities to demonstrate the nature how cultural diversity influences negotiations.
In the video, the head of the panel (who is American) uses assertive communication to illustrate dominance to communicate to the rest of the individuals to carry out activities during the discussion (UNESCO, 2011). The methodology was meant to create a factor of order and ensure that the activities he wanted accomplished were carried out. In the case of a number of the women in the panel, the demonstrated friendliness, which was their way of getting the other members of the panel to accept them (interest) into the group, which could stem from the nature of their respective cultures?
The men demonstrated a more assertive yet friendly means of communication. It was their primary aim of getting their interests across to the other panelists (UNESCO, 2011). The options presented involved the use of social groups for enhancing communication among the individuals. The standards set in the panel discussion were based on getting each individual to understand certain significant values, concepts and people of other cultures during the discussion. It served to provide a general understanding of the cultural variations.
In conclusion, the discussion is an illustration of the nature of the differences of culture. The main points that illustrate this are the use of various languages at the start and the use of different characters from different cultures to increase the knowledge or understanding of the different cultures present. The use of assertion and friendliness were the tools used when establishing influence or creating an easy means of negotiation.
UNESCO (28th January 2011) Philosophy, Cultural Diversity, and Rapprochement of Cultures, retrieved from: