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Håkan Lindgren

Håkan Lindgren

I'm a 52 years old Swede. I work as a teacher in adult education. I live in the town of Sölvesborg with my wife and our two children.

Location Sweden



  • Hallo! I'm a teacher myself. I'm reading an astronomy course at the University of Gothenburg as we speak. I'm really looking forward to this course. Greetings from Sweden

  • @Bolanle(@Stereogoddess) No I don't see why they would. The whole idea with this course is to question things. I like to discuss, but there are quite a few tasks in this course, so unfortunately I don't think that one can have long and deep discussions following every question.

  • @Bolanle(@Stereogoddess) I don't think that racism is an elite behavior and I don't think that more uneducated and unsophisticated people can be excused for saying racist things, even if they don't intend to. Racism is everywhere and I wouldn't diminish the seriousness in this woman's behavior despite her cultural background. You don't turn aggressive just because...

  • I agree with you. It's hard to tell if the behaviour of the ingenious woman has something to do with a cultural misunderstanding or if the woman has some issues, like being a racist.

  • That the Spanish word for black is negro is a good example I think, of a thing that could lead to a troublesome misunderstanding.

  • Hi everyone!

    I would definitely be very puzzled when experiencing this quick change in behaviour of the ingenious lady. I would apply intercultural curiosity by asking colleagues about this woman's behaviour. If I'd have known some people from the same country and culture as the ingenious woman, I'd definitely ask them.

  • @Bolanle(@Stereogoddess) I like that too.

  • I totally agree with you. The key words is indeed "suspend judgement". I also think, that in real life it's almost impossible not to come to different conclusions about people, despite which cultures they belong to. But like you wrote, this doesn't necessarily mean that you will have any problems during intercultural interactions.

  • Hi everyone!

    I would say that I am somewhere between stage 3 and 4. In my work, as a teacher in adult education with mostly immigrants, I'm on stage 4. But in my private life I'm a bit more reserved, hence placing myself on stage 3.

  • I think that your last sentence sums it up very well. We're all citizens of the world.

  • Sounds like a good summary.

  • Hi everyone!

    1. It was a real short summary, but it covered the most important things I think.

    2. That we're all human beings at the end of the day and that we can achieve intercultural openness by having an open mind and by letting go of our prejudices.

    3. Despite differences in cultures and languages, we can interact with one another if we are open...

  • Hi everyone!

    1. It was very interesting, but also depressing, that the imbalance of power, when it comes to culture, economics, education etc. strongly decreases the variety of cultures.

    2. Well, he spoke about the importance of trying to even up the imbalance of power when it comes to e.g. education. You must realise the value of ingenious cultures....

  • I agree on the fact that many cultures through history have been severely oppressed by dominant cultures, due to their thirst for natural resources, power and, like you wrote, pure satisfaction. Very sad indeed.

  • Yes I totally agree with your argumentation about that the younger generations and the future generations will continue to shape and modify cultures. Like you so accurately wrote, it's an irony that a person who points out the unfortunate fact about dying languages, also is totally dependent on a lingua franca as English. A very good observation :-)

  • Hi there!

    1. It was interesting but a bit sad knowing that thousands of languages will disappear in our children's lifetime. Then it's a little naive from Michael thinking that cultural openness has anything to do with using old treatments against malaria. The pharmaceutical companies want to make money. They don't care about native cultures.

    2. It's...

  • @BradD. Thank you.

  • I'm very pleased to hear that, sir.

  • @MicLaird Thanks for your reply. I don't you think you have to absorb them, if you're not planning to stay in a country for a long time. Many people in Sweden, both Swedes and immigrants only take part in some of the traditions around midsummer. Many don't like the excessive drinking that are too common around midsummer. Of course you don't have to like or...

  • You're a brave woman, I'll tell you that :-)

  • I feel the same way.

  • Hi everyone!

    1. "To what degree do you think Mahle was open to interacting with this woman who was an indigenous citizen of this particular community?" - I don't think that Mahle was looking for a new friend, so to speak. I think that Mahle was quite satisfied with just a quiet greeting, like a little nod now and then.

    2." What would you feel or think...

  • @NiassaAweeHarrisWazoua I feel exactly the same thing like you do. I also need to find a more progressive way to reach others. Very well put :-)

  • I agree with you that the first week really gave a good introduction. I feel that one got a good idea about the problems that might occur when different cultures collide.

  • Hi everyone!

    1. It feels good because this course is very interesting and rewarding.

    2. I learned about the importance of having an intercultural competence, in order to functon in societies and cultures that are different from your own. I especially liked the "INTERCULTURAL KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCE VALUE RUBRIC". It gives you an idea of which areas you...

  • @BradD. Me too.

  • I totally agree with you. Openness is indeed the strongest construct.

  • The example with the handshake is a really good one I think.

  • Yes, it's definitely openness for me too.

  • Hi everyone!

    a) I think that eveything starts with the attitude of openness. I don't think it really matters if you have lots of knowledge of your culture versus other cultures, and skills to communicate and to interpret intercultural experiences, if you're not allowing yourself to feel and absorb the other cultures in question. If you're not open, all you...

  • You summarised it very well. I feel exactly the same :-)

  • I thought about the same thing. Maybe the spreading of xenophobia in many countries worldwide can have something do to with it. I unfortunately think so :-(

  • Hi everyone!

    1. It was an informative and concise video about the importance of intercultural competence. I feel intrigued and I want to know more about the subject.

    2. I think that the most important message was that we all see things from our own cultural perspective.

    3. This perspective is filtering our views and our perceptions of cultures,...

  • I agree with you that Pellegrino is indeed a funny and enthusiastic lecturer and he do gets you interested. I also think that showing respect is important, even if it so happens that you don't agree with, or like, the culture in question.

  • I totally agree with you. I think you have clarified your views in a very good way.

  • Hi everyone!
    1. I've seen it before and this video is one of my favourites from Ted. Pellegrino can really deliver a message and I totally buy what he's saying. Beeing a Swede myself I can absolutely relate to what he says about the Nordic countries.

    2. I agree with the fact that your assumptions and your perceptions of a culture is strongly biased, due to...

  • Thanks for your reply. I agree, but at the same time - the sales woman must have respect for your culture and respect for you as a person. Maybe she can be angry with you for not shopping, but screaming racist words and being aggressive isn't ok I think. In a situation like this it's hard to know what can be related to culture and what things that are pure...

  • @ColleenB I totally agree. I would also think about if some other members of the community loathed me or something. Actually I would be very afraid of the risk of being physically attacked at some point.

  • Totally agree!

  • @NiassaAweeHarrisWazoua I agree on the fact that you would indeed be very puzzled when thinking about the rapid change in the sales woman's behaviour.

  • Yes, it can be hard to know if it's a cultural thing or if this fruit stand ladies is having some issues. But despite the cultural differences, I don't think that it's okay to be rude, threatening and racist. I think that defamation is a crime in most countries.

  • I think that, despite the cultural differences, no one has the right to behave in a racist, rude and threatening way. I can't imagine that this kind of behaviour is okay in any culture. Then maybe this lady in the fruit stand felt neglected when Mahle kept passing her without buying anything. But that doesn't give her (fruit stand lady) the right to misbehave...

  • Hi everyone!

    Well, I'd feel both angry and frightened and, on top of that, very concerned. I'd definitely try to avoid passing this lady any more. Not knowing what it was all about, I would be (very) afraid of being physically attacked at some point.

  • Hi everyone! I'm from Sweden and I'm working in the field of adult education. Most of my students are immigrants from Arabic and African countries like e.g. Syria, Afghanistan, Libanon and Somalia. Accordingly, this means that I meet people from different cultures with slightly or maybe very different values than mine. So I'm looking forward to this course...

  • Hi everyone!

    This was a very fine course. It was interesting, stimulating and rewarding. However, I wish that the lead educator will be much more present in future courses and that all the questions from the participants will be taken care of and properly answered. You were very much left to your own devices in this course I think.

  • Håkan Lindgren made a comment

    Hi everyone!

    Here's the flexagon, shown in the previous lesson 2.10, once again. It's a video where I describe and flex this fascinating flexagon, called a "cube kaleidocycle". Please follow this link:

  • Hi everyone!

    I bought one of the books mentioned above, namely "Fantastic flexagons" by Nick Robinson. I fell for a really fascinating flexagon called "Cube Kaleidocycle".
    Please follow this link: