A. Gaps of Culture
To assess Gaps of Culture asks that we cultivate the awareness that we are a fish swimming in water. We look to see the layers of assumptions that underpin the actions that we choose, the language that we use, the approach to problem solving we select, and the values that we promote. We do not need to, per se, challenge these assumptions rather that we must be sufficiently aware of the assumptions so that we may begin to consider where and how diverging perspective may exist that may shift the way we understand the situation.
While this inquiry may include the traditional concepts of ‘culture’ related to one’s customs, values, and beliefs in this context Gaps of Cultures demands that we examine the assumptions implicit within our professional disciplines, selected strategies, preferred methodologies, and presumed doctrines. We are looking for barriers we don’t see based on our disciplinary assumptions and we seek to find different approaches to how we might address the situation.