the Diavers method
Knowledge of other cultural customs and traditions provides a broader view of the world, but it does not solve the problem of clashing values. Communication skills contribute to good meetings. But in order to deal with problems we need supracultural values, such as human rights. The Diavers method focuses on attitude, dialogue and justice, rather than on cultural difference.
The method utilizes an analytical framework of views on diversity, which supports the explanation of the intercultural paradox, how circular arguments, power struggles and the us-them communication pattern can be broken. The framework imposes critical (self-) reflection and facilitates the analysis of interactions, policy and problems in society and the workplace. The method is suitable for everyone. Some may learn to adopt a more open or modest position, while others can learn to set limits.
Participants frequently practice applying the analysis framework with the aid of various working methods, such as joint analysis of case studies, blanks exercise, role playing, a communication game and many more. There is extensive discussion as a result of an assignment on human rights. Besides learning from teachers, students also learn a lot from each other by exchanging experiences. Part of this is a practice in speaking invitingly and in giving and receiving constructive feedback.
In other words, the Diavers method deals with intercultural communication and policy on a basis of a human rights approach in the area of society building and international co-operation.