Culture and systemic change

by | Mar 21, 2013 | Vincentian Family

“One Cloth Many Threads” – systemic change and culture

Sister Caroljean Willie, SC, NGO representative--June 14, 2012One of the things that we are going to encounter as we engage in Systemic Change is working with diverse cultures. It is important to understand some of the elements of culture that will help us to truly and effectively meet the needs of the people whom we serve. We often live in cultural silos where we think everyone is like us. In “One Cloth Many Threads”, Sr. CJ Wille, SC opens up new perspectives on  how the cultures we were born in affect our understanding of unity and diversity.  VinFormation presents it here in both video format, and audio-only format for those who prefer to listen on an iPod or computer. There are four parts to the presentation, around 10-15 minutes each. A slideshow version is also available on SlideShare.

First and last words from the presentation

In the beginning…

“In the beginning the creator created four races, one for each of the four directions: Yellow, Black, Red and White. Each race was given a way of knowing the world and a way of understanding a piece of the truth.”   – Lakota and Cherokee Traditions”

Your world…

“The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.”    -Wade Davis”

See her related presentation Catholic Social Teaching, Millennium Goals and Systemic Change



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