Connecting Cultures with Stories: Theory ⇄ Practice



When did you last ask this question openly? And how many answers did you get?

We constantly hear about “learning organizations” and “lifelong learning.” But very often, we end up NOT ASKING the fundamental questions that allow us to learn because we feel we would come across as stupid and/or the troublemaker. Our circles are the places where curious minds thrive – we ask questions and we learn from the perspectives of others. Literature will be our door opener… 

"Books are mirrors: you only see in them what you already have inside you."
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

(APril-May 2021)

We all hear terms like “circular economy,” “zero waste,” and green business. But WHAT DOES IT MEAN – to us and our companies, families, and careers? WHAT IS IN IT for us? In this circle, we will discuss the basics of sustainable entrepreneurship and take a solution-oriented approach to critical concepts.


Dates: April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25

Readings include: “Silent Spring,” “Cradle to Cradle,” “Women and Sustainability in Business: A Global Perspective,” “Doughnut Economics,” “The Future Earth”

In times of agile team work, new work, and politicians who are constantly changing their minds – WHAT DOES LEADERSHIP MEAN? Is it something that we can teach students? And what about the endless debate about women’s leadership? In this circle, we will take a look at historical and contemporary leadership issues and debates.

Dates: April 21, April 28, Mai 5, Mai 12, Mai 19, Mai 26

Readings include: On Being Free, The Art of War, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Start with Why, Lean In   

Closed churches, scandals and corruption, and meditation classes online – WHAT DOES SPIRITUALITY MEAN TODAY? Are we seeing a decline of organized religion and a resurgence of individual faith and contemplation practices? And how does spirituality help us in daily life and business? 

Dates: April 22, April 29, Mai 6, Mai 13, Mai 20, Mai 27

Readings include: Be Here Now,  The Dharma Bums, The Monk and the Philosopher, Steve Jobs, Eat, Pray, Love

Networking as “bla bla” is something that most people have come to dislike. We live in a time when people start rediscovering the value of deep conversations and lasting relationships – in business and in life. So, what does “networking” mean from different perspectives and how does it create “value”?

Dates: April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28

Readings include: “Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die,” “Quiet,” “To Sell Is Human,” “The Great Gatsby,” “E: A Novel,” “Vernetzt Euch!” 


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How Does it work?

We meet once every week for 1.5 hours (online). One circle on one topic lasts for 6 weeks. For every session, we will read one chapter of  a book or article. The text serves as the common ground for our conversation. These conversations are held on eye-level to promote peer-learning. There will be small and plenary discussions to make sure that all participants have the time and space to their their perspectives.


Diversity is the preliminary for seeing the world with new eyes. Our circle members come from many different professional, cultural, and demographic backgroundsThe maximum number of participants per circle is 12.

  • NO PRIOR EXPERTISE is needed on any of the topics
  • NO EXPERT LEVEL OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS IS REQUIRED – English is our lingua franca, not more, you will not be graded on grammar or vocab mistakes. ;o) See it also a welcome way to practice your conversation skills.



Open to new topics, ideas, approaches, stereotypes...


The spirit of the group depends on trust and continuity.


The reading load of one chapter/article is doable and essential.

What's in it for YOU?

  • Interdisciplinary and intercultural communication skills
  • New insights and impulses for self-reflection and growth
  • A growing network of life-long learners

What DOES the Participation FEE INCLUDE?

The fee includes 6 sessions, reader (pdf), alumni network, certificate

There are different price options for professionals, professionals+, and students (scholarships). Discounts are available for partner institutions. 


Silke Schmidt

Ralf Fischer


Lecturer, St Andews University



Thema von Anders Norén