April 2016 Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources
Exercise: Refugee Experience


There are over 20 million refugees in our world, according to UNHCR. The AVERAGE length of time a refugee spends in a camp, in limbo, in transition, waiting, is 17 years; not months: YEARS!

Cultural Detective  conducted a complimentary webinar on strategies for helping refugees and their receiving communities.  There are powerful learnings that participants take away from the ninety minutes...

Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication



Register now for this not-to-be-missed Several Cultural Detective authors are facilitating powerful and timely sessions. You can attend one day, two days, three or five, and any combination thereof. Network with fellow intercultural practitioners from around the world in an intimate, immersive environment. 2016 is the 40th anniversary of the Summer Institute! We look forward to seeing you in Oregon!


CD Facilitator Certification
Conducted on the weekend between sessions, on July 23-24, 2016, by Tatyana Fertelmeyster

Latin America and Its Place in World Life, Session I, Workshop 6, July 13-15, 2016, by Dianne Hofner Saphiere and Fernando Parrado; click the link and click on the session for details.

Gaining Gaming Competence: The Meaning is in the Debriefing, Session II A, Workshop 12, July 18-22, 2016, by Dianne Hofner Saphiere and Daniel Cantor Yalowitz; click the link and click on the session for details.

Other excellent sessions by CD authors include:
    1. Session I, Workshop 4: Defining, Developing and Defusing Difficult Dialogues with Donna Stringer (co-author CD Women and Men)
    2. Session I, Workshop 5: It May Be Something Else: Exploring Challenges and Dilemmas of Intercultural and Diversity Work with Tatyana Fertelmeyster (co-author CD Russia)
    3. Session II B, Workshop 22: Living Diversity: Tools to Revive, Recharge and Replenish, with Tatyana Fertelmeyster and Kelli McLoud-Schingen (co-author CD African-American)
    4. Session II B, Workshop 24: From Unconscious Bias to Emotional Intelligence: Personal and Organizational Transition, with Donna Stringer
    5. Session III A, Workshop 33: Facilitating Intercultural Competence: Experiential Methods and Tools, with Basma Ibrahim DeVries (co-author CD Egypt)
It's All About Food!


All over the world, people have lost and are losing proprietorship of their ancestral traditions. As Michael explains, "Spam colonized Oceania, Korean traditions were usurped during the Japanese occupation, there was the pseudo-history of the  Columbian Exchange , Native Americans probably exchanged recipes with immigrants as they shivered under small pox blankets and dodged musket balls." 

Too many people have no claim over their own heritage, no access to a field of heirloom vegetables that their ancestors brought to a country or a continent.

Complimentary Webinar on Bridging Cultures


How do you translate knowledge of cultural differences into practice? What should you actually do differently, and how do you ensure that what you are doing is effective?

Join us in this 90-minute online learning event on Monday, June 13, 2016, to explore how to:
  • Identify bridge builders and blockers of your success
  • Learn techniques for in-the-moment bridging of differences to ensure that conversations spiral upwards instead of down
  • Develop strategies to both prepare for and repair cross-cultural relationships
  • Develop high impact, creative resolutions that take into consideration interpersonal, intercultural and situational factors
Closeup on Migrant Laborers 


In one month this year, five children died in the migrant camps of Teacap├ín, near where I live in Mexico: one fell into a ravine, another was bit by a scorpion, a third choked, a fourth drowned in an uncovered water tank... On our trip to visit the migrant workers recently, we met a family that had lost a two-year old just a few months ago. 

Such is what happens when adults need to work in the fields to feed their families, and children are left home to take care of younger siblings and neighbor kids.

Classic Multicultural Teaming Simulation!


Ecotonos anniversary edition photo

Ecotonos: A Simulation for Collaborating Aross Cultures, is a powerful and extremely adaptable simulation. Ecotonos breaks the usual stereotypes and barriers. Participants improve their skills and strategies for multicultural collaboration and teamwork. 

Ecotonos can be used multiple times with the same people by selecting a new problem and different variables, with each replay offering new and different cross-cultural perspectives.  Eight to fifty (or even a thousand) participants form three groups and create their own cultures. Participants begin to work in their monocultural groups, then mix groups to continue the task multiculturally.  The simulation and debriefing require a minimum of two hours. The debriefing includes the highly effective method of process mapping. 

Ecotonos comes with an instruction manual, cultural name tags, 30 sets of rule cards, three prewritten case studies and three team tasks. The new fifth edition comes in a hard plastic briefcase for easy transport, and includes: debrief instructions to complete the simulation in two hours; explanation of the intercultural theory inherent in the simulation; full instructions for using the various handouts on intercultural collaboration; expanded sections on adapting Ecotonos to a variety of cultures and situations.

Online Events You Can't Miss


Our complimentary, 90 minute online workshops feature Dianne, creator of our series, or select  Cultural Detective  authors. They are designed to help participants learn to appreciate and leverage diversity as an asset, rather than seeking to minimize differences.

Check out our full online learning schedule , or click directly to information and registration for one of the following:

Cross-Cultural Effectiveness (Asia, Oceania, Americas): Demonstration of Cultural Detective Online
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT-6)

Cross-Cultural Effectiveness (Africa, Americas, Europe, Middle East): Demonstration of Cultural Detective Online
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (GMT-6)

We will take a break during July and August, and return with additional webinars in September.

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