Happy New Year! Hold the Tension.

Happy New Year! Hold the Tension.

American Matt Harding (center) became micro-famous over the last decade for his "Where the Hell Is Matt?" travel videos, which featured a melange of intercultural interactions by way of dance.

Photo: YouTube.

As part of a doctoral program in Global Christianity, our cohort is picking over and engaging a litany of books at the numerous intersections of global leadership, which forms the theme for our final study residency (January 2015).

One such book, David Livermore's The Cultural Intelligence Difference (AMACOM, 2011) explores the emerging field of "CQ." Livermore says: "A high CQ points to more than just cultural sensitivity. It is linked to improved decision making, negotiation, networking, and leadership skills."

For me, one of the most penetrating and relevant insights coming out of the book is surely the following. I share it as a global-sized hope for 2015—something to live into as individuals and communities as we move across racial, religious or cultural barriers.


The growth of multiculturalism and globalization brings us rising levels of complexity and nuance. The ability to hold tension is absolutely essential. Fundamentalism—strict adherence to one’s view of the world as the only right way—is essentially a refusal to live in tension.
— David Livermore

Culture in Hiding

Culture in Hiding

Father(less) Christmas

Father(less) Christmas