Forum 2015


Joint Forum with IfGIC + CMM + UBW

September 17th – 20th 2015 at University of Federal Armed Force in Munich, Germany

Discovering Cosmopolitan Communication!:

Crossover dialogue between past and future / theory and practice / west and east

Vision: Communication theory and practice since its beginnings have tried to develop and improve our communication skills from what Barnett Pearce called in sequence from “ethnocentric” to “modernistic” communication. Educators, trainers and researchers have spent much time and energy developing communicative competence for children, students, business people, and people in conflict areas. However, there are still many problems concerning global issues in the world (ex. ethnic and religious conflict, business and political tensions, migration, global leadership crisis etc.). These problems cannot be solved alone by competent interpersonal-/intercultural-/organizational communication that is only concerned with a part of this complex whole of our increasingly globalized world. In this Forum we will attempt to take another step forward into the next level of communication and explore what Pearce (1989, 2007) called “cosmopolitan communication”.

Goal: There are many post-modern ‘design communication’ (cf. Jenlink 2008) which enables humans to transcend exiting systems through communicative and emancipatory action, ex. Non-violent communication, Open space technology, World café, Dialogue process, Coordinate Management of Meaning, Tranparent Communication etc. But there is no significant interdisciplinary researches which show us evolutional process of communication promoted by this design communication.

In this Forum all participants can understand and experience the concept of CC individually and know that CC can be applied to our social reality – health, wealth and peace.

Global Perspectve-Taking

Global Perspectve-Taking

Rule 1: You see what I see.

Rule 2: When you are not in my position, you don’t see what I see and vice versa.

Rule 3: When I am in your position, I would see what you see and vice versa.

Rule 4: If I were in your position, I would see what you see on the inside, i.e. your personal identity, and vice versa.

Rule 5: Global-perspective-taking

  • I-perspective: “Without you, I will have no problem”
  • I-Thou-perspective: “Without you, I’ll not be able to solve the problem”
  • We-perspective: “Without you, little deep learning is really possible”


• If you want to promote the real health, create new ecological sustainable organization, or build the sustainable peaceful society, how can our communication have potential for these purposes?

• How can we develop this poten4al of our communica4on?

• How can we train future change-agents who will become health-promoters, wealth-creators and peace- builders?

What are indicators of cosmopolitan communication?

From Kazuma Matoba Opening Presentation

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