Welcome to my Blog!

This Blog is meant to be a place for me, you, and everybody else to share views on things many of us do not spend much time on contemplating. Like imagining how we actually need to act for our world to become a better place for everybody to live in.

My focus here is not what we would like it to be like. That is already discussed in more forums than anybody can count, and the only thing we can know for sure is that there is no single answer to this, that everybody can agree on. If exaggerated, one can say that there are almost as many answers to this as there are people on earth.

This blog will instead discuss how we can go about giving everybody a chance to turn their own lives into something s/he could enjoy – or at least accept – without harming others by living it. A basic theme here is the 1993 “Initial Declaration”, issued by the Chicago-based ‘Parliament of the World’s Religions’, outlining ethical commitments shared by a wide range of our world’s religious, spiritual, and socio-cultural traditions. In brief this declaration notes that one should not do to others what one doesn’t want others to do to oneself.

Please let me be clear. This blog is not promoting the organisation ‘Parliament of the World’s Religions’ – nor any particular faith, culture or society for that matter. To the contrary. This Blog aims at discussing how we can enjoy the many different ways of life that different faiths, cultures, and societies promote, and still respect each other’s, well enough to accept that others actually both are and must be allowed to be different from ourselves – without constituting a threat to our own chosen way of life.

In this Blog you can find a range of books, papers, and seminar-presentations I have produced on this theme. Some of the ideas discussed there have been implemented by others, but many others have not. Since 2002 I have studied culture as a phenomenon. From here I have branched out to political and corporate cultures, to social fabrics and human interaction, as well as – as my website ‘eqguide.net is all about’ – EQ, standing for ‘emotional intelligence’. All these topics are closely related, since they are, viewed from a wider perspective, different ‘ways of life’, or – as I claim – our ways to express our different cultures.

In the West we tend to define our own cultures in terms of sports, music, and art. This while defining non-Western cultures as entire ‘ways of life’. Why is for example the Chinese culture politicised, while Western cultures are not? Western cultures are just as political as any other cultures. For instance, Westerners view socio-political classes just as ‘normal’ as ‘casts’ are viewed in India. So why is one type of social division cultural, while the other is not?

Two aspects of this are re-occurrent in my writings. The centrepiece of my arguments is that culture is something we can break down into five different steps, where each step interacts with both the previous and next. These five steps represent our cultural building-blocks, many of which we are neither aware of nor in control of. But once we ask the right questions, we will see a structural pattern – one that is the same for all cultures across the world. The only difference is that we have different ‘content’ constituting these five different steps, which makes our cultures different – in spite of them building on the very same structural pattern. In my writings I call this pattern the Cultural Formula.

In my later writings is German sociologist Jürgen Habermas’ Public Sphere theory an important supporting second pillar. It describes – from a bird-eye’s perspective – how our societies are shaped. It is quite a valid mirror of how we humans like to organise ourselves – no matter our cultural leanings. It does however assume that we are part of what we tend to refer to as ‘modern’ societies, rather than what we sometimes refer to as ‘indigenous’ or ‘native’ ones. Habermas did not include the latter in his writings.

Neither my own Cultural Formula nor Habermas’ Public Sphere theory is meant to promote any particular culture, but to be used as analytical tools when discussing how we can get on with each other in spite of us being products of many different cultures. Since ‘understanding’ often is a key to ‘recognition’, whereas ‘ignorance’ is a driving force for ‘we vs them’ arguments, some of the below documents aim to create a better understanding of how cultures affect our way of interpreting the world around us. In this Blog you will find the following documentary trail of this line of thinking:

1. On Human Interaction:

1.1) Some Ideas as How to View Human Relations; Marston, Fiske, Olsen and Bar-On
Summary of various HR theories; Private summary document (2020) (click here)

1.2) The Energy & Freedom Chart
Trial survey of respondents’ perception of Identity, Philosophy, Politics & Ethics (2012) (click here)

1.3) Emotional Intelligence; An Introduction to the EQ-i 2.0 model
An introduction to Dr Bar-On’s and (Canadian) Multi Health System’s emotional intelligence assessment model EQ-i 2.0; Part of website https://eqguide.net/ (2020) (click here)

2. On Cultural Interaction:

2.1) A Philosophical Chain of Thought; From Bacon’s Truth to Latour’s Culture
Unpublished working paper aligning philosophical views on deduction vs induction, with applications ranging from ‘truth’ to ‘culture’; Bangkok, Thailand (2012) (click here)

2.2) Culture as a Phenomenon
Seminar presentation at Burapha University; Bang Sen, Thailand (2004) (click here)

2.3) Traffic – A Book About Culture
Thesis document presented to Rushmore e-University, USA and published by Raider Publishing International, N.Y., USA (2005) (click here)

2.4) The Cultural Formula; What is the Problem?
Extract from ‘Traffic – A Book About Culture’ (Raider Publishing International, N.Y., USA, 2005). This paper elaborated on some key aspects of The Cultural Formula, and was prepared for an internal presentation at the Vietnam-German University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2016) (click here)

2.5) Is Culture Always Logical or Is Logic Always Cultural?
Seminar presentation at the 2nd ‘Summit for the Future’; Club of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Holland (2006) (click here)

2.6) Two approaches for how to define socio-cultural interaction
Inhouse presentation; Penang Skills Development Centre, Malaysia (2014) (click here)

2.7) Cross Cultural Influences Across 300 years
Inhouse presentation; Penang Skills Development Centre, Malaysia (2014) (click here)

2.8) The Development of the Western Cultural Tradition
Inhouse presentation; Penang Skills Development Centre, Malaysia (2014) (click here)

2.9) Cultures’ Impact on Institutional Cooperation
Seminar presentation at the International Conference on Communications in the Era of the ASEAN Economic Community; Shinawatra University, Bangkok, Thailand (2014) (click here)

2.10) Multilateral Cooperation and Career Growth in HRD
Seminar presentation at Burapha University; Bang Sen, Thailand (2004) (click here)

2.11) The Twin Concepts of Delegation and Feedback – and their links to the western view on corruption
Inhouse presentation; Penang Skills Development Centre, Malaysia (2014) (click here)

2.12) The Inglehart-Velzel World Cultural Map 2020
World map showing ‘Traditional vs Secular Values’ and ‘Survival vs Self-Expression Values’; www.worldvaluesurvey.org, (2020) (click here)

3. On Glocal Interaction:

3.1) e/MPower – How the Public Sphere Can Create an Indian Ocean Sustainable Network (Full length version)
An introduction to ‘Glocal Democracy’; Seminar presentation at the ‘Dynamic of International Exchanges in Africa, Asia and Europe’, being a part of the ‘Bandung Spirit Conference Series’, Jakarta, Bandung and Denpasar, Indonesia (2011) (click here)

3.2) The ‘Glocalist’ Problem  (Abbreviated version of the above listed ‘e/MPower – How the Public Sphere Can Create an Indian Ocean Sustainable Network’)
Working paper used as reference document when outlining links between upcoming / future papers and publications, based on the book ‘Good Governance in the New Millennium’ and the seminar presentation ‘e/MPower’ (2012) (click here)

3.3) Philosophically Speaking; Glocalism in a Philosophical Context
Presentation at the AMAN seminar ‘Philosophy in Action’; Bangkok, Thailand (2012) (click here)

3.4) Glocalism and the City; Glocalism as a Theme for City-to-City Collaboration
Seminar presentation at the 2nd International Philosophy Congress ‘The City and Philosophy’; Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey (2012) (click here)

4. On Socio-Political Interaction:

4.1) Good Governance in the New Millennium
Book published by Raider Publishing International, N.Y., USA (2010) (click here)

4.2) Digital Democracy: A New Political Contract
Unpublished working paper in preparation for the book ‘The Citizen Lobby – From Capacity to Influence’, analysing democratic aspects of digital democracy; Lüneburg, Germany (2013) (click here)

4.3) The Citizen Lobby; From Capacity to Influence
https://meson.press/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/9783957960467-Citizen-Lobby.pdf
Book published by Meson Press, Lüneburg, Germany (2015) (click here)

4.4) Habermas’ Public Sphere Revisited
Alternative outline for comparative studies of the ten-nation grouping called ASEAN; Inhouse presentation at Dalarna University, Falun Sweden (2017) (click here)

4.5) Small Nation Encounters Big Capital
Seminar presentation at the 5th International Philosophy Congress ‘War and Peace’; Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey (2018) (click here)

4.6) Our 21st Century Potemkin Democracy
https://jfsdigital.org/2018/11/20/our-21st-century-potemkin-democracy/
Article on parliamentarian democracy published in Journal of Futures Studies Blog; Tamkang University (2018) (click here)

4.7) The Inverted Logic of Thai Military Rule
Unpublished article on Thailand’s military coups, twice overthrowing the Shinawatra family’s two freely and fairly elected Prime Ministers (2018) (click here)

4.8) A New Accounting and Taxation Paradigm
https://jfsdigital.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/03_Essays04_ANewAccounting.pdf
Article published in Journal of Futures Studies Vol. 20 No. 3; Tamkang University (2016) (click here)

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