In a multicultural world, being a cultured individual with a strong ability for cross-cultural communication is a no-brainer. 

It was very natural for me to develop my cultural intelligence, because I built my MTA Portfolio in the City of Bristol, which is one of the UK’s more multicultural and diverse places to live. 

Cultural intelligence is about developing the ability to quicky pick up on the various social cues of a different cultural context and then readjust your own thinking and behaviour to be respectful towards the customs of that different cultural context; while also conveying the perspective of your own native culture in a diplomatic fashion.

However, cultural intelligence does not just refer to different cultures from different countries, it more precisely refers to different cultures from/in different contexts.

You have different work cultures, different family cultures, different community cultures, different learning cultures, different religious cultures…

16 Courses

Global Impact: Cultural Psychology

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

Started: 07/02/2019

Finished: 17/02/2019

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Becoming Human: Anthropology

Platform: Open2Study

Institution: Macquarie University

Started: 03/01/2014

Finished: 06/02/2014

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Sociology

Platform: Open2Study

Institution: University of Western Sydney

Started: 15/02/2016

Finished: 12/03/2016

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Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Purdue University

Started: 16/03/2018

Finished: 21/03/2018

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Developing Cross-Cultural Intelligence

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 29/10/2017

Finished: 31/10/2017

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Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Common Purpose

Started: 25/04/2016

Finished: 17/05/2016

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Communicating Across Cultures

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 31/10/2017

Finished: 31/10/2017

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Intercultural Communication

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Shanghai International Studies University

Started: 18/05/2016

Finished: 24/05/2016

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Religious Literacy: Traditions and Scriptures

Platform: edX

Institution: Harvard University

Started: 17/12/2016

Finished: 02/03/2019

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Christianity Through Its Scriptures

Platform: edX

Institution: Harvard University

Started: 26/12/2016

Finished: 14/10/2017

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Buddhism Through Its Scriptures

Platform: edX

Institution: Harvard University

Started: 14/10/2017

Finished: 22/03/2018

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Islam Through Its Scriptures

Platform: edX

Institution: Harvard University

Started: 22/03/2018

Finished: 15/05/2018

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Hinduism Through Its Scriptures

Platform: edX

Institution: Harvard University

Started: 15/05/2018

Finished: 15/06/2018

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Judaism Through Its Scriptures

Platform: edX

Institution: Harvard University

Started: 28/06/2018

Finished: 03/07/2018

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Introducing Humanism: Non-Religious Approaches to Life

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: Humanists UK

Started: 02/03/2018

Finished: 12/03/2018

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Politics, Art and Resistence

Platform: FutureLearn

Institution: The University of Kent

Started: 17/05/2018

Finished: 25/05/2018

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12 Books

The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently-- And Why

Author: Richard E. Nisbett

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

Published: 2005

Started: 04/11/2017

Finished: 18/01/2018

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How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy

Author: Julian Baggini

Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks

Published: 2018

Started: 04/01/2020

Finished: 28/01/2020

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Boundless World History

Platform: Lumen

Institution: Boundless

Published: 2007

Started: 14/03/2018

Finished: 25/09/2018

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The Penguin History of the World

Author: J.M. Roberts

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2013 (first published 1976)

Started: 18/01/2016

Finished: 

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Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold

Author: Stephen Fry

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2017

Started: 05/09/2019

Finished: 

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On the Pleasure of Hating

Author: William Hazlitt

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2005

Started: 26/08/2019

Finished: 30/08/2019

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On Friendship

Author: Michel de Montaigne

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2004

Started: 02/09/2019

Finished: 17/09/2019

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The Christians and the Fall of Rome

Author: Edward Gibbon

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2005

Started: 14/10/2019

Finished: 25/09/2019

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The Ascent Of Everest

Author: John Hunt

Publisher: Hodder And Stoughton

Published: 1993

Started: 15/10/2013

Finished: 03/02/2014

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A Line In The Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped The Middle East

Author: James Barr

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Published: 2011

Started: 11/01/2020

Finished: 05/02/2020

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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone

Author: Eric Klinenberg

Publisher: Duckworth Publishing

Published: 2013

Started: 04/03/2014

Finished: 12/03/2014

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Cultural intelligence is related to emotional intelligence, but it goes a step further. People with high emotional intelligence can pick up on the emotions, wants, and needs of others. Those with high cultural intelligence are attuned to the values, beliefs, attitudes, and body language of people from different cultures; and they use this knowledge to interact with empathy and understanding. People with high cultural intelligence are not experts in every culture; rather, they use observation, empathy, and intelligence to read people and situations, and to make informed decisions about why others are acting as they are. They also use cultural intelligence to monitor their own actions. Instead of making quick judgments or relying on stereotypes, they observe what is happening, and they adapt their own behavior accordingly.

Cultural Intelligence: Working Confidently in Different Cultures, Mindtools.com