Copyright 2017, Water Street Press

101 Ways to Enjoy the Mosaic

Creating a Diverse Community Right in Your Own Backyard

by Skot Welch

 

We’re all born curious—but curiosity is an easy quality to lose. It’s too easy in the midst of our busy lives to settle into the comfortable and familiar. To become trapped in our own ideas, our own routines, our own culture. Yet when we look outside—turn on the news or pick up the paper—we see that ours is a world filled with a rich mosaic of cultures and new perspectives. 

Maybe the mosaic scares you. Maybe it invites you.

101 Ways to Enjoy the Mosaic is a relaxed and reassuring guide to taking the first steps out of the rut and beginning to sample new customs, including foods, festivals and other fun, that we might miss—sometimes because we think we aren’t invited to attend!

The experts call stepping out to enjoy all of this fun building “cultural competence”—the ability to interact effectively with people of different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. 

Having cultural competence does not, however, have to mean the ability to speak five languages fluently, or entail traveling the world over. In practice, cultural competence is readily available to every one of us because it is really nothing more than learning more about our neighbors, finding out what we have in common, enriching our lives with appreciation for—and delight in—cultural practices, traditions, and worldviews that are different from our own.

Think of 101 Ways to Enjoy the Mosaic as a sort of cookbook. Here are 101 tested recipes that will expand your vision, give you new awareness, and help you to experience the other cultures that are all around you—often right next door!

For some, these recipes will feel like comfort food—new ways to approach a rich feast they already relish; for others they will add wholly new flavors and textures to the menu.

For all of us, stepping outside of our own homogeneous ruts is part of a practice of living more deliberately—contentedly, and peacefully—with all of our neighbors in a continually more globalized world. 

About the Author

101 Ways to Enjoy the Mosaic has been created from Skot Welch’s thirty-year experience in international business and diversity and inclusion consulting. He has pioneered diversity and inclusion initiatives for Fortune 500 firms in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. Today, he is the owner of a successful innovation-through-inclusion firm, Global Bridgebuilders, which is focused on building sustainable ROI oriented frameworks that support cultural competence for organizations in a broad range of industries. Skot has found that embracing our differences expands our capacities whether in business, in our communities, and especially in our lives.