Alumni Form Intercultural NGO, Host 'Cultural Speed Dating and Mashup' Workshop in Vienna

Mar. 27, 2017

ICDO Presents Cross-Cultural Workshop in Vienna, March 28
ICDO raises awareness of different cultural expressions and values.

In order to encourage cultural interaction among migrants, International Cultural Diversity Organization (ICDO), a newly created NGO by Webster alumni, presents a cross-cultural workshop, “Cultural Speed Dating & Mashup." This event will be held at the Webster Vienna Private University campus on Tuesday, March 28, at 6 p.m.

The goal is to promote diversity and raise awareness of different cultural expressions in order to encourage development of cultural interaction by bringing people closer together and closing cultural gaps. The “Cultural Speed Dating” workshop is envisioned as a meeting point for internationals and migrants from across the globe to exchange stories and initiate new cross-cultural relationships and communication. The workshop will take place around the beautiful atrium of Palais Wenkheim.

Workshop Details

In the first part of the workshop “Mashup”, participants will be divided into different groups based on their nationalities followed by questions which will break them up into different groups (questions will cover topics from cultural to personal). Towards the end of the first part of the interactive workshop there will be a surprise element, with a 15 minute pause for refreshments at halftime. Cultural Speed Dating part two will follow with five rounds and five specific topics for two minutes each. Finally, the program will end with participants sharing their own experiences and forge links to develop acceptance to cultural differences and eliminate cultural gaps.

“The workshop aims to promote ICDO objectives and objectives that Webster University shares in its practice by encouraging international interaction for its students", said Josipa Palac '11, co-founder of ICDO.

Webster alumni
Top: Pehar, Palac. Bottom: Zarucka

According to Monika Zarucka '13, the public information and communication director, it is a new platform for like-minded people living in Vienna to get to know each other, exchange stories that could lead to building new friendships, challenge stereotypes and learn more about the cultural differences among us. The international community will be involved in interactive activities that will enhance understanding of diversity and society.

About ICDO

The International Cultural Diversity Organization (ICDO) was founded by Josipa Palac '11 and Toni Pehar '10 with Monika Zarucka '13 as Public Information and Communications Director. Its mission is to bridge diversity by promoting, on a global scale, diversity, and interculturality. Through such projects, ICDO raises awareness of different cultural expressions and their values. 

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