Sep 162011

Question by Love35: What does cultural awareness and a character defining moment mean?
Hey I am currently writing a personal essay for a scholarship and i really need help figuring out what is cultural awareness and a character defining moment. I know what it basically mean but i need a deeper definition and more explanation. Thanks!

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Answer by trombetti2000
Cultural awareness: Being cognizant, observant, and conscious of similarities and differences among cultural groups.

Character defining moment: a point at which the essential nature or character of a person, group, etc., is revealed or identified.

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Sep 132011

Night Shift: Crossing the Cultural Line for the Kingdom

How do we apply an age-old mandate in an indifferent and skeptical world, frequently hostile to the messengers of the Good News? Missional expert Dr. Howard N. Kenyon says we believers are all on a mission to cross cultural lines for the kingdom, even in the darkest night.


Sep 092011

In Women We Trust: A cultural shift to the softer side of business

“If competency wasn’t an issue…
who would you rather work with, men or women?”

When we asked women that question, the overwhelming majority replied, “women”. That’s no surprise, except it wasn’t to honor the sisterhood; it was because they trusted the sisterhood.

* What are those values that bind women together? (hint: it’s not their price points)

* Why are women-only groups on the rise?

* How can business become part of these New Girls

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Sep 082011

Question by Ashwee: Cultural Paradigm?
Explain how geography = economy = culture with reference to colonies. Plus how and why the cultural paradigm shifted from one based on wealth to one based on race….


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Answer by Michael C
Geology and geography influence a places economy through it’s resources. The kinds of things a nation can do will depend on the resources it has available to them. This can range from forests, to fresh water, to arable land, to mineral deposits, to rivers, all kinds of things. A place with arable land, when being colonized will probably initially be an agrarian community. If the land is poor but rich in minerals, than industry is more likely to be the primary economic focus. The presence of a River means easy transportation, and things can easily be moved in and out of the area, tending to indicate a more commercial type of economy.

An agrarian, vs an industrial, vs a commercial center will lead to different types of local culture. Agrarian communities tend to be more sparsely populated, more family focused, and a lower division of labor. All members of the family tend to pitch in for the economic good of the family. Industrial ones tend to have a central industrial area, surrounded by a ring of residential space. Families are packed closer together, and tend to interact more with each other. There is a greater division of labor… One member of the family is the “breadwinner” while the rest of the family follows other pursuits. Commercial centers tend to be densely populated, so much so that there is actually a greater degree of anonymity for the individual. there are simply too many people to have intimate connections with a large section of the community.

As for the last question, it would probably depend on which particular colony you are talking about, because each one has their own nuances. However, I would challenge your teacher’s assertion (and I’m assuming this is a class assignment) that the shift was real. I would make the argument that the cultural paradigm is still ultimately based on wealth/class, but that race has become a mask covering it up. If you look at the class scale, you will see that races cluster in certain parts of that scale. You will want to reference Marx on this, because he believed that class was the ultimate source of power for people in society. It wasn’t until Simmel,Cooley, and Mead that we began looking at other kinds of power like military and political power. But Marx would argue, and I would tend to agree, that those are all still tied to wealth. Look at how much money is funneled into political campaigns, and how much money it takes to run a top-notch military. No matter how you look at it, you always loop back to wealth.

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Aug 312011

Question by Alex: What was the most lasting cultural effect of the counterculture on the US?
What was the effect and why? It would be great if you could provide evidence. (:

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Answer by urrrp
Probably the most lasting effect was the gutting of American education. Anything but technical/vocational education in the U.S. is all but meaningless. Thanks to the “cultural” revolution which was really an anti-cultural reaction.

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