Alien Handshake

In our Co-Creation session, I recall the idea of the need for a paradigm shift around cultural intelligence in our society. As a people, we need to be more deeply educated around cultural intelligence and its nuances in order to create sustainable and real change.

An image came to mind that I was exposed to several years ago. It’s an alien who’s entire body is shaped like a human hand. An astronaut greets the alien by shaking the hand, which is really its whole body. What happens is the alien is being shook around, even though the astronaut had good intentions of being polite. The moral is to treat people like THEY want to be treated, not how YOU want to be treated. I feel this image depicts what I’m trying to articulate about cultural intelligence.

I would like to see this cultural intelligence, empathy, valuing of people, etc instilled in our youth via education.