Why is culture so important?
Do we need to bother about culture? Every visitor of this site has her or his unique personality, history, and interest. At the same time, we share our human nature. We are group animals. We use language and empathy, and practice collaboration and inter-group competition. The unwritten rules of how we do these things differ from one human group to another. “Culture” is how we call these unwritten rules about how to be a good member of the group.
The importance of an international perspective
In the video below , Geert Hofstede explains why an international perspective is so important for a successful life in a globalized world.
Geert Hofstede (1928-2020):
Geert was a Dutch social psychologist who did a pioneering study of cultures
across modern nations. To know more, see his biography. Better, see the online exhibition about his life and work.
Gert Jan Hofstede (1956):
I am a Dutch population biologist and professor of Artificial Sociality,
doing agent-based social simulation. I am interested in the interplay of the contrasting forces
of cultural evolution, societal change and cultural stability.
In the video below, Gert Jan interviews Geert.