chapter  8
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Transcultural Learning and Co-creation

All societies are fundamentally repositories of knowledge, grounded in nature and emerging through culture, that have thereby evolved the processes to create, share and apply it. Over centuries they have developed rich, indigenous knowledge grounds that are a vital life force to the well-being of people and communities in that society. Indigenous knowledge could include specialized farming techniques that evolved over generations in Vietnam, or the mathematical developments in ancient India and Arabia. Whatever its form, knowledge is embedded in the very cultural soil of each society. That is a key fact that we may refer to as the static or stabilizing dimension of the particular societyknowledge matrix. The second and the dynamic one is that indigenous knowledge needs the exogenous knowledge contained in other worlds, and the soils of other cultures, to evolve and transculturally develop.