Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
You want to participate to TellUs actions, get involved with us or simply support our work by helping us financially, for € 15 or more, join TellUs here: https://telluscultures.org/en/membership/
Our members and active members each have a unique cultural profile and system of values; this diversity is the pride of our association.
You believe in our actions for a better understanding between cultures and you want to support us?
You can :
- join TellUs, your financial support is essential to support the association in its continuity,
- participate to our actions,
- submit a partnership project to us,
- follow training to lead actions independently or alongside us.
You wish to participate in one of our actions: come and see our program on our Facebook page, subscribe to our newsletter or contact us via this form.
Please see the Our Actions page to find a description of what we do.
An intercultural experience is a moment personally experienced when in contact with another culture.
We all have intercultural experiences, whether through travel, immigration, expatriation, or simply through our office colleagues, our classmates or our next door neighbor.
For nearly ten years, TellUs has been collecting intercultural experiences on diverse and varied themes. Some are funny and light, others more thoughtful. Some are written, fictionalized, others in the form of dialogue or even visuals (photos, drawings, comics, etc.).
Discover a sample of our collection of more than 700 intercultural experiences on this page.
No, intercultural experiences represent the experience of their author.
They can sometimes represent a cultural trend.
Through its intercultural experiences, TellUs Cultures invites the reader to seek to understand the point of view of the other by perceiving the cultural dimension at stake.
You have intercultural experiences that you want to share with us? Awesome!
You can send them to us through our contact form.
We will answer you as soon as possible.
You or your organisation works in the intercultural field, in as association or with the goal to improve human relations and you think that our organizations are complementary or you see opportunities for synergy?
Feel free to contact us today!
TellUs is at your disposal to imagine together an event that meets your needs and participates in developing your full potential as organizations and teams. Interculturality can initially be experienced as a challenge. However, our experience only fuels the conviction that this stimulation is an asset whose value is waiting to be revealed.
Do you want to participate in improving understanding between cultures? Do you encounter intercultural challenges and want to find solutions? Would you like to discuss your organization’s needs with us?
Contact us directly today
TellUs Cultures has developed a method to guide the preparation and facilitation of our actions to promote a better understanding between cultures.
This involves supporting the participants in the following process:
- I am facing a behavior different from my cultural habits or a different view of the world
- It generates emotion: it bothers me, challenges me, amuses me, inspires me, etc.
- I become aware of this emotion
- I want to understand
- I open dialogue
- I grow from this dialogue.
It is in a spirit of openness that TellUs conducts cross-cultural discussions.
Workshop rules: speaking using I, benevolence and confidentiality
Discover this method by participating to one of our actions.
To deepen your understanding of our method, TellUs offers training. For more information on this, see: “What training does TellUs offer?”
You want to actively contribute to stimulating dialogue and understanding around the points of view of people from different cultures?
TellUs offers to train you:
- Training in conducting intercultural interviews and collecting intercultural experiences,
- Training in facilitating workshops or Zoom Cultures,
- Continuous training for active members of the association.
The training takes place in a spirit of collaborative intelligence which allows to enrich the skills of each individual, to harmonize practices and to consistently promote the values of the association, everywhere in the world.
To find out about our training courses and possible collaborations to carry out these actions, contact us directly today.
No. When we share our points of view, we often disagree. TellUs does not take a position on what would be acceptable or not because we believe that it is up to everyone to live in accordance with their values, beliefs and convictions – and to be able to change them.
“Culture does not make people. People make culture. ” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
The mission of TellUs is to promote better understanding between cultures. We promote meeting others, observation, freedom of expression and listening. We create serene spaces allowing everyone to take into account different points of view while avoiding judgment and generalizations.
We are convinced that through dialogue we can enrich ourselves with our cultures and form more enlightened opinions.
For more information, see: “What is the TellUs method?”
TellUs Cultures is interested in culture in the broad sense. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO):
“Culture can today be seen as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional traits that characterize a society or a social group. It encompasses, in addition to the arts, letters and sciences, ways of life, laws, value systems, traditions and beliefs. ”
Mexico City Declaration on Cultural Policies, 1982.
TellUs Cultures recognizes the following assumptions:
- Cultures are neither frozen nor untouchable; they evolve. Human beings build them with their ideas, actions, rules and day-to-day life choices;
- A person’s cultures are not only linked to their nationality, they can be influenced by other factors: professional and social background, religion, gender, generation, education, tastes, passions, etc.
- Traditions, folklore, festivals and rituals are an obvious part of a larger cultural framework. Thus, we perceive them as an invitation to seek what is in depth: “why?”
For more information on what happens when people from different cultures meet, see: “What is an Intercultural Experience?”