January 2012
Clues to Intercultural Effectiveness
Tips, Techniques and Resources 
 Wishing You a Transformational Year of the Dragon!



A Year of Vitality, Strength and Collaboration

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Water dragons are able to see things from other points of view, so it would seem that 2012 may just be the year of Cultural Detectives! Water calms the dragon's fire; water dragons don't have the need to always be right. Their decisions, if well-researched, are usually better since they allow others to become involved.


Dragons are flamboyant, attractive and full of vitality and strength. In China the dragon is a sign of the emperor, and represents male Yang energy. It is the symbol of power and wealth. 


The Cultural Detective team would like to wish each of you strength, clarity, courage and vitality as you build understanding, respect, collaboration, equity and sustainability on our planet. Thank you for being part of our journey!


In our end-of-the-year message we announced a new micro-lending team we had set up via kiva.org. Despite everyone's busy schedules, the CD team was able to make 26 loans to benefit entrepreneurs around the world. Won't you join us? 

 CD team on Kiva link   

 Cultural Detective User Profile

Dianne Hofner Saphiere


#1: Liz Grover, #2: Your Submission

Liz Grover photo

One of the best parts of my job is that I am able to meet so many incredibly talented, passionate, weird and wonderful people.


So, I thought, wouldn't it be cool if we started a new feature in which we share a short profile of someone who we think exemplifies the Cultural Detective values, process and heart? Someone who is committed to collaboration and to making our world a better place for everyone, regardless of geography or socioeconomic status?


Interview one of your friends, colleagues or clients, and email us the profile you write along with a photo of the person. The profile can be a few paragraphs in length, or up to a full page, with links.


To get us launched, I am proud to announce our first profile subject: Liz Grover.


 Learn the Cultural Detective Method from Your Desktop

Two Facilitated Online Learning Sessions in February     

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US$400 can get you jump-started to enhanced intercultural productivity, and to helping others to be more effective as well! That's the rate for two online learning sessions for CD site license customers, and it's only $100 more if you haven't yet taken that site license step.


Get four hours of facilitated, highly engaging and interactive instruction in a leading cross-cultural effectiveness process, and you won't have to leave home or even get dressed to do it! First event is February 15, and the second is on February 22. 


You will need an internet connection. Both sessions will be recorded, in case you miss one or wish to review your learning at your leisure later. Attendance is limited to 15, so sign up now to secure your place. Call or email about discounts for 3 or more participants from the same organization.


These sessions do not replace the facilitator certification, which goes much more in-depth. But if you want to get started now and not wait for a certification, if your travel budget won't allow live training right now, then these facilitated online learning sessions (FOLEs) are for you! Certification is not required to use the Cultural Detective method and materials. Our goal is to get this powerful process out there making the world a better place!


 Congratulations to Our Newest Graduates!
Facilitator Certification in Krakow
Krakow Certification participants



Hearty congratulations to those who completed their projects for Cultural Detective Facilitator Certification in Krakow, Poland, with Dr. George Simons! Job well done!



Learn more about certifications   

 Favorite New Collaboration Tool: audioname

Sometimes Simple Things are the Most Helpful!


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We have all experienced that awkward moment when we hesitate to say someone's name for fear of mispronouncing it. Worse yet are those of us whose names are constantly butchered, or who never get to hear our names because people avoid saying them. 


One such woman appeared a few months ago in our Daily Intercultural News Feed, and we think she's got a brilliant idea. Simple, which is what makes it so great. She has created a service to which you log on, record your own voice pronouncing your own name, then stick that recording to your email signature, your website, and your social networking pages. Take it for a test drive!


Next we just need live, face-to-face "audioname" buttons! "My name is Dianne Saphiere, pronounced sah-fire..." Tag, you're it!


 Hold Your Summer Institute Dates!

Premier Professional Development "Summer Camp"


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Block your calendars for two brand-new five-day workshops by Cultural Detective creator Dianne Hofner Saphiere, to be conducted at the 36th annual Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC) on the Reed College campus in Portland, OR. 


July 16-20 (SIIC Session II) Dianne will co-facilitate a workshop with Barbara Schaetti entitled, "Developmental Intercultural Competence: An Integrated Practice." 


Then, July 23-27 (SIIC Session III), Dianne will co-facilitate with Jonamay Lambert a workshop entitled "Designing and Implementing Global Diversity Training." Cultural Detective authors Donna Stringer, Basma Ibrahim DeVries, and Tatyana Fertelmeyster will also be facilitating workshops at SIIC in July.


Don't forget that between Sessions II and III there will be a Cultural Detective Facilitator Certification workshop, right on campus to make it easy! 


The 2012 detailed schedule is not yet "live," but should be soon. In 2011 the Summer Institute offered 50 different workshops, plus programs for Fellows and a New Interculturalists. Be sure not to miss it!


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We record the latest news updates, and have archived past issues of this newsletter, on one of our web pages. Past issues include instructions for interesting activities, theoretical discussions about intercultural issues, and links to many intercultural resources. Please take a look and enjoy the resources you find!

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