Bridging Cultural Gaps: Towards Sustainable Collaborative Communication


  • Peter James Witchalls Universität Hamburg


Bridging cultures, Nonviolent Communication, Relationalism, Intercultural Communication, Mindfulness


Against the background of increasing divisions in society, this article proposes that a fresh approach is required if we are to bridge across currently entrenched cultural groups. The approach proposed here takes on a relational perspective in which the focus is shifted towards the basic human motives that are at play in any given situation. A non-binary stance is expounded, in which we both accept the validity of the other’s point of view as well as respecting our own commitments and boundaries. If this balancing act is accompanied by relevant skills from the areas of self-competence, social-competence and strategic competence (Bolten 2020, p.63), and in particular mindful awareness, then we will have the greatest chance of establishing collaborative communication channels across cultural groups and moving towards sustainable relationships.


Peter James Witchalls, Universität Hamburg

Dozent für Interkulturelle Wirtschaftskommunikation

und Wirtschaftsenglisch





Witchalls, P. J. (2022). Bridging Cultural Gaps: Towards Sustainable Collaborative Communication. Interculture Journal: Online Zeitschrift für Interkulturelle Studien, 21(35), 29–45. Abgerufen von