January 2015Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources

Happy New Year!


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2014 Year in Review

 

The entire Cultural Detective Team would like to thank you most sincerely for being part of our community, and wish you much joy, health and success in the new year!

 

2014 was a big year for Cultural Detective, as we celebrated our 10th anniversary! We are thrilled to have grown into such a large and talented community of people worldwide, committed to making our world more respectful, collaborative, just and sustainable. Thank you for joining us on this very important journey!

 

 

 

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User Best Practices


 

University of Southern California is the most international campus in the USA. The Marshall School of Business at USC recognizes the value of intercultural competence and is committed to truly developing it in their students.


 

They know that the mere experience of study abroad, or working in a multicultural team, does not build competence. Experience is not learning. Learning is the sense that we make of our experience. USC knows that research shows developing competence requires ongoing, structured reflection on the part of students-with faculty guidance. They have been using Cultural Detective for the past two years, in a growing variety of programs, because they realize the tool helps them accomplish their goals.

 

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Cross-cultural Reality in the News 


 

 

I am beyond words. As are so many. Racism sucks. It punishes everyone, and has a hugely detrimental effect on society. It breaks my heart to know how hopeless and powerless "ism"s make so many young people feel, in my birth country and elsewhere around this planet. Young people should be feeling passionate and enthusiastic, not alienated.

 

Racism is a human construct, and WE are the ones who can deconstruct it.

 

So let's do it! I type these words habitually. Today, I am not up to it. Today is a day of mourning, of licking the painful wound. I sit at my desk this morning, unable to work. My heart and mind are filled with a confusion of thoughts and emotions. 

  

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Culinary Innovation, Cross-culturally



 

 

"A collective. International. Pushing boundaries. Longing to discover new cultures and exchange knowledge. Collaborative. Find your tribe. Exploring the unknown, adapting to uncertain situations, charting new territories to sharpen creativity..."

 

Does this sound to you like a Cultural Detective? It's actually taken from the home page of the Gelinaz! website, a collaborative of international chefs doing amazingly creative things. I sooooo want to attend one of their dinners! 


 

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Building Cultural Bridges to Healthy Food

 

 

"Vitamin A deficiency is probably the third largest public health problem in the world," according to James Dale, Director of the Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. "Somewhere between 600,000 and two million children die every year of Vitamin A deficiency, and another million or so go permanently blind. We've relied on supplements for a long time to fight malnutrition," but supplements can be expensive, and many people don't want to take them.

 

Stephen Buah, a researcher at the same institution, chimes in, "Ugandans consume about 1.5 kilograms of banana a day, so we're talking about 400 to 600 kilograms a year. A recent health survey has actually shown that up to 30% of children in Uganda are Vitamin A deficient, and a similar figure goes for women who are pregnant."


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Online Events You Can't Miss!

 

 

It's a new year and time to really do all those things you promised yourself you would do last year! Weren't you planning on attending a free webinar to learn about Cultural Detective Online and what it can do for you?

 

Our new schedule of webinars is available now!

 

We encourage you to join Dianne Hofner Saphiere, creator of the Cultural Detective series, and investigate the Cultural Detective Method and how it can help you appreciate and leverage diversity as an asset. Rather than ignoring or minimizing differences among people, learn to build on those differences to create more dynamic teams, organizations, and communities. 

 

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to see and experience some of the wealth of content and process available with the Cultural Detective Online tool. In addition, Dianne will discuss how easily the system can be incorporated into existing courseware. 

 

At the end of the webinar, participants will receive a three-day complimentary pass to the Cultural Detective Online so they can explore on their own and learn more about the tool at their leisure.

 

This year, we are pleased to add some special webinars to our Cultural Detective offerings, including a webinar about CD Self Discovery Online, and another about using Group Functionality with CD Online. Our full schedule can be found at 
www.culturaldetective.evenbrite.com. Check back often as we will be updating our schedule with these and other spacial offerings soon!

Ancestral Practices in Danger of Extinction

 

 

 

Every May, thousands of Atlantic bluefin tuna (atún rojo) swim through the Strait of Gibraltar at over 30 miles per hour to spawn in the Mediterranean. And for 3000 years fishermen have intercepted the large tuna in a fishing tradition called the almadraba in Andalusia and tonnara in Sicily.

 

The almadraberos are often sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons of almadraberos, and feel a brotherhood with their fellow fishermen. They tend to be proud and tough, with a strong respect for history and the sea. They catch the tuna by putting out a maze of underwater nets that the bluefin swim through until they reach a final pool, el copo.


 

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Bringing Joy Around the World!



 

In October of this year, walking around after a long week's work in Vienna, the sight of Santa in a motorized scooter in front of St. Stephen's Cathedral brought a smile to my face and delight to my heart. Who was this guy? And what in the world was he doing?


 

Approaching the man, I found him quite jolly, and happy to share his story with me. While insisting that his real name is St. Niklaus, he told me that over the past 50 years he has traveled in 81 countries on six continents, hitchhiking over one million miles. He regaled me with stories, joy and laughter, and it warmed my heart to learn that this man is devoted to making the world a better place. Since he is a global nomad and shares our Cultural Detective vision, I thought you might enjoy his story. Maybe you've even met this unique gentleman yourself sometime during his world travels.

 

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