Today, there are countless reasons to come in contact with cultures other than your own: traveling, immigration, expatriation, or simply with your work colleagues, classmates or neighbors. These encounters are opportunities for exciting discoveries that inspire, intrigue, and sometimes bemuse us. How can we rise above misunderstandings and prejudice?
Whether in Rio de Janeiro or our headquarters in Montreuil, Dubai or Delhi, the TellUs team is on a mission to share cultures! That’s right, we believe it’s easier to grow from each other’s differences once we understand them.
Two French friends since high school in the Parisian suburbs, Eleonore and Marine initiated the ANEKDOTA project in March 2011 on the shores of the Bosphorus. One was settling in Istanbul, the other was coming from Mexico. During the many discussions about their intercultural experiences (these noteworthy moments you live in another culture), questions triggered by their conversation remained unanswered and they dreamed of accessing those who could provide them, thanks to their own experience.
In June 2017, they expanded the team and registered the association TellUs Cultures. Obviously ‘Tell us cultures’ to invite us all to share about cultures but also Tellus for the goddess of the Earth in Roman mythology. This reminds us that our cultures are the product of one and the same planet. Intercultural experiences started coming in from all over the world and the TellUs team initiated research for leads to help explain them. These are uncovered with locals and experts in the field of interculturality. The association was then open to the public and continues to offer debates around the questions that arise from the collected experiences.
Showcase the intercultural experiences of our contributors
Orally or in writing, to unload the emotions tied to the moment, grow from others’ life experiences and find answers to our questions, with the intent of promoting understanding between cultures.
- Lead intercultural interviews
With persons from all horizons who wish to share and yield their experience to the association in order to extend the TellUs collection, refine the leads to help explain experiences and nourish the actions we offer.
Identify and debate intercultural questions
To transcribe authentically what the authors of intercultural experiences underwent and focus actions, by theme or culture.
Create the space for dialogue between cultures To promote conversation between cultures, that is hardly ever spontaneous, we offer workshops, animations or interactive readings for our members and on demand, within a nonviolent framework, and produce content in four languages (English, French, Portuguese and Spanish).
Train independent and nomadic project managersTo benefit from one another’s skills, unify practices and coherently uphold the values of the association, everywhere in the world.