8 April 2019: The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) hosted an interactive workshop with Peter Mousaferiadis, the founder of Cultural Fusion, on cultural diversity in institutions and workspaces. The DOC Moscow office joined via skype.

The workshop began with an introduction from Peter Mousaferiadis about the importance of culture as a driver and enabler of sustainable development, a key element of cohesion, and a driver of innovation. He stressed that culture could potentially be disruptive, if it is not managed properly.

The question of why cultural diversity matters in workspaces was discussed throughout the workshop. Intercultural communication is essential for institutions and businesses with diverse staff that hold a wide range of life experiences and backgrounds. Difference matters and diversity impacts organisations by fostering creativity, innovation, and productivity.

The second half of the workshop was based on a trial use of the Ancestry Atlas, to measure the diversity of the event attendees. The workshop concluded with a lively Q&A about the impact of such tools and whether diversity is a goal that institutions and businesses should strive for.

Ancestry Atlas is an innovative, web-based tool that measures the diversity of institutions and fosters inclusive strategies that are based on the cultural, linguistic, and demographic make-up of a workspace. It not only measures diversity, but also develops different approaches to create a harmonious intercultural environment, a microcosm of our diverse societies.

Peter Mousaferiadis is the founder of Cultural Infusion. Peter has had a career as a conductor and creative director. He has directed and produced some of the largest outdoor and indoor events in Australia including nine Australia Day Concerts, and numerous international Opening and Closing Ceremonies for clients including the United Nations and Parliament of World Religions.

Peter holds numerous positions including the current chair of the Lahore International Conference on Culture, an Associate of the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Asia-Pacific and is a Global Trustee of United Religions Initiative. In 2013, Peter developed the winning slogan for the UNAOC “Do One Thing for Diversity” campaign titled “Diversified We Grow” and in 2017 received the Peace Ambassador Award from the Centre of Peace Studies in Sri Lanka.

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