The myth of globalisation | Peter Alfandary | TEDxAix

Friday, August 18, 2017

Is globalisation about sharing a global culture, or designing new cultural borders? Is cross-cultural awareness a new skill, a differentiated form of collective intelligence we should learn, and teach?
Peter delivers a lively talk on cross-cultural differences and their impact on our daily personal and professional lives.

French educated, Italian speaking, English lawyer, Peter Alfandary describes himself as a mildly schizophrenic Brit. After 30 years practicing as an international lawyer, Peter decided to turn his lifelong fascination with different cultures into a full-time occupation – training and coaching professionals and senior executives on cross cultural management skills. He passionately believes that the need for cultural intelligence is increasingly critical as we move inexorably towards greater globalisation.Film and jazz buff, avid reader, Peter travels the world advising businesses and lecturing on cross cultural skills. His passion for his subject is only equalled by his other passion, Huguette, his Citroen 2CV which he proudly drives around London.

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20 Comments

  1. tana says:

    There's Nothing wrong with Nationalism.
    People are going to bring up "Hilter was a Nationalist!"

    True, but as a Nationalist Hitler managed to Unite German citizens and turn Germany into an Industrial Powerhouse.
    Germany became one of the Richest if Not the Richest country in the World during ladder part of 1930's while countries like USA was going through Great Depression.

    Hitler made the mistake of becoming a GLOBALIST and Invading Sovereign Countries.
    Globalism DOESN'T Recognize or Respect the SOVEREIGNTY of Nations and the Cultures, Religions, Traditions, and Freedoms of People in those Nations.

    Once Hitler entered Poland Germany's Fate was sealed because Nations LOVE their Freedom.

  2. Alyissa NORCAL says:

    It "made you realize for the firs time!???!?!?!???!" are you kidding me. i'm done…

  3. seezookey says:

    Diversity is perversity!!!!!!

  4. black cat inc. says:

    Culture is toxic. Enough said.

  5. richardb2837 says:

    Cultural intelligence is something Muslim countries would not easily comprehend

  6. lauraoniria says:

    We do need cultural education, but not based upon simplistic stereotypes. We need social and cultural anthropology in our daily lives.

  7. Fernanda N. says:

    And now I wonder if Cultural intelligence is not compatible with Neo Culture Technology… I've never seen globalization as bad, but it does have some bad effects if some people are left out of it and there are people like that in the world.

  8. BlankFacedUser says:

    Globalization is a Parody of the Middle Ages.

  9. First Martian says:

    It is so easy to educate people about others culture in this internet era , but it is hard to make people living together without cultural competition to become dominant in the area which created a conflict in the future.

  10. Essendi says:

    Dear Mr Alfandary, Thank you for your thoughts on cross-cultural awareness. I am myself of different nationalities + have lived in about a dozen countries throughout the world so I can absolutely relate to what you said.
    But my writing to you today – and I hope you'll get, i.e. read, my message – has a different purpose : my grandmother's family name was "Walfandery" and we never knew where the name comes from (she was Argentinian). As I believe Alfandary and Walfandery to share the same roots, I would much appreciate "que vous éclairiez ma lanterne" (don't know the equivalent in English). Un grand merci d'avance et bonne continuation!

  11. Paul Cook says:

    The message is the medium:)

  12. Nolan Geiger says:

    I feel like this talk should have had a different title.

  13. Patrick Ploum says:

    saw this yet again, after so many viewings, I keep being impressed. Well spoken, Peter. Very well spoken. Patrick Ploum, a fellow international from the French Lycee

  14. axeleratar says:

    Globalism is the necessity of the world to find global solution by global dialog instead of war.

  15. ديلان بوب says:

    exelent

  16. linus ka says:

    OMG I love this guy!!!

  17. Janice Taylor says:

    Globalisation – you have a plot of land and work hard to cultivate it and transform it into a means of feeding your family. You are then forced to knock the fences down and other people come into your 'allotment' and help themselves and God help you if you complain.

  18. Janice Taylor says:

    Globalisation – you have a plot of land and work hard to cultivate it and transform it into a means of feeding your family. You are then forced to knock the fences down and other people come into your 'allotment' and help themselves and God help you if you complain.

  19. philippasstory says:

    Can anyone help me with the surname of the psychologist referenced at 9:23 ?? thanks

  20. pads mutbut says:

    Having an understanding wouldn't necessarily imply acceptance or tolerance, but good communication is certainly an important route towards better understanding

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