I had the honour of including a Good practice submission to The Wiki-Inventory for Living Heritage. Active listening is a way of safeguarding living tradition.
"Active Listening and Sharpening Self-Awareness are both communication and mindset techniques that are part of anti-racist practices. Kirsten Ivey-Colsen and Lynn Turner state, “Anti-racism is a way of life. Like starting any new habit, anti-racism requires a conscious decision to pursue it as a goal and way of being. Intention brings mindful presence and awareness to what we say and what we do.” In regards to Living Heritage, Active Listening and Sharpening Self-Awareness can improve as well as bring to light our personal histories as they are carried in our beliefs, thoughts, expressions, identities, and cultural experiences. These practices can cultivate ‘cultural self-awareness’, which can in turn enhance intercultural understanding. We may not all be in agreement, but having awareness of and truly listening to what is underlying in the narrative will bring us closer to having a deeper understanding and perhaps acceptance of different ways of appreciating unique and diverse living heritages."
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Arlene Tucker is an artist, diversity agent, and educator currently based in Joutsa, Finland.