We cannot eliminate blind spots, but we can manage their negative influences. Here’s how this relates to training in cross-cultural settings. An overview by T.J. Addington, the head of ReachGlobal, international missions arm of the EFCA (Evangelical Free Church of America).
Mary Lederleitner and José de Dios: “Navigating Power in Partnerships”
Explores the dynamics of old versus new paradigms of cross-cultural partnership. The “perceived need” is from the outsider’s perspective. The “felt need” is from the insider’s perspective. The “actual need” is discovered together through dialog.
Brian Duggan and Nelson Fuentes: “Interdependent Partnerships: From Good Intentions to Shared Impact”
Examines the characteristics, costs, and advantages of interdependent cross-cultural partnerships.
An overview of lessons learned in Mission ONE’s goal help its partners develop resources locally through sustainable businesses by the year 2020. Also includes an examination of how this relates to the honor/shame dynamic of “patronage.”