27 March 2017 | “The Netherlands is the focus of the Global Garden Lifestyles Festival at the China International Furniture Fair in Guangzhou in March. Could you give a presentation on Dutch culture, furniture and gardens?” As a China, media and communication expert, I must admit that at first I was a bit puzzled by the request of the Guangdong Outdoor Furniture Association (GOFA). But as it is essential for effective cross-cultural communication to know your own culture, I decided to take on the assignment. [Click here for a Chinese version of this article.] Read more
Boek: Cirkels en rechte lijnen
Lezing en debat
China en Nederland
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2016 December 14 | What comes to mind when you think of the Netherlands? That was the question posed by the organizers of a series of short talks in Guangzhou about Dutch architecture, innovation and communication.
The strict Pecha Kucha format – using 20 slides for only 20 seconds each – forced me to tell my story in less than 7 minutes. As I focus on communication, the essence of the Dutch identity to me is our ‘square’ communication style, our polder model with endless meetings and on our positive take on a highly confrontational style. For the Dutch, speaking one’s mind and openly criticizing any idea or proposition – purposefully not taking hierarchical relations into account – is considered taking responsibility as a team member. This was my answer to the question about the Netherlands: “Cycling on a stormy day, challenging and refreshing at the same time.”
On YouTube you can see my presentation at the Pecha Kucha organized by the Guangzhou Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Read more