Musings in CMi and the Bible

In this Series we’re taking a closer look at the CMi (Cultural Mapping Inventory) that we use in our n-Culture learning Journeys. We’re not going to explain in-depth what each of the 12 Dimensions of the CMi means, we simply want to bring you 12 Bible stories where one of these dimensions is at play.

The CMi was developed by KnowledgeWorkx, and you can read more in-depth about it one their website. (knowledgeworkx.com/post/12-dimensions-of-culture). 

Below is a short explanation of each of the Dimensions of the CMi and then the links to 12 musings/stories, one for each Dimension. (As this series is “under construction”, links will be added as stories are written and published.)

The aim of each musing is to give you an example of that cultural dimension and help you understand it a bit better. This is not theology or the Bible’s viewpoint on the CMi or that cultural dimension.

We don’t believe there is a preferred or ideal Worldview an ideal position between the two extremes of each dimension. These intercultural tools are about understanding who you are and who God created you to be/become, and about adjusting behavior to build bridges with people who are different. 

We believe that God created each one of us unique, in his Image and the mosaic of all of us in our differences is a fuller picture of who He is than you or me alone.

1. Growth

Do you prefer to see your organization invest more in its people or in material things such as its infrastructure?

Jethro, Creating a System for Sustainable Leadership

2. Relationship

Do you see relationships as situational, where a friendship is restricted to a few parts of your life, or are relationships universal, where a formed relationship will extend to almost all areas of life? 

Layers of friends - Jesus and his followers/disciples

3. Outlook

Are you innovation-oriented, focused on plans and ideas as a measurement for success in the future or are you tradition-oriented, focusing on past achievements as a measurement for success and status? 

Looking at my past through the eyes of forgiveness

4. Destiny

Do you direct your destiny, trying to shape your circumstances so that they fit your goals, or are you more directed by the outside world, adapting to the circumstances, using them to reach certain goals? 

Queen Esther, Crafting her People's Destiny

5. Context

Is your culture formal with a high context, where you need to know a lot of unwritten rules to become an insider, or is it an informal culture, with a low context, where how you behave does not matter as much, as long as it is meant sincerely? 

Atonement in the Old and New Testament

6. Connecting

Do you see people easily included in a group when they happen to be at the same place, or are appointments and discussions an exclusive thing for the people involved, and others should wait for their turn? 

Jesus' Parables - Revealing or Concealing Truth?

7. Expression

Are feelings and emotions revealed and expressed freely and uninhibited (both verbal and non-verbal), or are they concealed and subdued, seeing the mastering of emotions as the correct thing to do? 

Weeping with a Friend

8. Decision Making

Do you prefer to work by the rules and bylaws when decisions are made, or is it more important to take into account the relationship between the people involved? 

People are so important to God that Jesus fulfilled the law on their behalf!

9. Planning

Are you more time-oriented or people and event-oriented in relation to planning and scheduling your life? 

When will the Messiah come back?

10. Communication

Do you communicate directly and openly, or is it more appropriate to use an indirect, or perhaps a third-party form of communication? 

Esther, the Queen of Indirect Communication

11. Accountability

Are you more individualistic, where you are primarily accountable to yourself, or are the opinions, growth, and direction of your community more important than your own? 

The Lord’s Prayer - Individual or Community Accountability?

12. Status

Is status best ascribed to people due to their birth, class, particular college where they studied, or is it achieved by people through hard work, diligence, and personal success? 

Exalting the Status of the Lowly

 

Published April 28, 2023

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