SIETAR – 2018 Congress

Over the years, the intercultural field has revisited the notion of culture and the impact of different norms on human exchanges, focussing on the issues impacting intercultural interactions.

In parallel, the drive towards uniformity for the benefits of globalisation has clearly shown its limitations and the positioning of man at the centre of the ecosystem we occupy, demonstrated its incoherence with sustainability.

In a world undergoing profound mutations, a key element for social transformation is the co-existence of diverse cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, religions and values. Discriminatory attitudes and policies against those perceived as different have crept into organizations and society at large, in an attempt to neutralize, reduce or even eliminate diversity, wrongly perceived as a cost and disturbance.

Our purpose for this congress is to go beyond differences and focus on new perspectives, practices and positive actions that can support the co-creation of a common culture that will nurture itself from increased diversity – both in our daily lives and in the workplace – and lead to a better world.

Our role as intercultural trainers, coaches and mediators is essential to support this process. Our practice needs to respond to the challenge.

In the coming weeks, further information will be communicated about the conference, speakers and presenters, pre-conference certifications and logistical support for participants intending to travel

We have a great venue in Lugano thanks to the support of our academic advisor, the Università della Svizzera italiana.

The Board welcomes your attendance, asks you to save the date in your agenda and to spread the word for our first congress which, we trust, will provide for inspiring exchanges and enhanced learning opportunities. Membership rates for registration will be extended to all SIETAR National Association members.

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IRIN-News – #MeToo in the humanitarian world : The humanitarian world is not populated by saints.

Our friends and family sometimes think the humanitarian world is populated by saints. The general public might also think that (our fundraising campaigns certainly play on this). However, those of us who live in it know our sector is not so different from others. We walk amongst mortals – flawed human beings.

We* are two of those millions who tweeted #MeToo – recalling our own many experiences of harassment, from when we were schoolgirls, to this day – make no mistake, it is a pervasive factor in every woman’s life. But even though we are aid workers, we too experience sexual harassment and assault in the humanitarian world.

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AP – Webinar : How to drive video adoption in reporting

The amount of time consumers spend with digital video continues to grow — up to 73 minutes per day now in the United States, according to eMarketer, or nearly 30 more than they did just four years ago.

This shift has allowed media and non-media companies alike to cover stories with new perspectives and even opened doors to alternative formats such as virtual and augmented reality.

In recent years at AP, our text-based reporters have undergone training to learn the best strategies for developing multimedia narratives. Recently, we hosted a webinar featuring news directors from the western U.S. and Latin America to describe the results we’ve seen from these efforts in their regions.

Looking for best practices to train your staff on the latest technologies? See these five recommendations from our recent webinar for developing multimedia narratives.

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Tagesanzeiger – «Der Feierabend wurde getötet» : Wir müssen weniger kommunizieren – dringend.

Die neuen Tools in Unternehmen – Videoschaltungen, Chats, et cetera – würgten die Kreativität ab, sagen Sie. Zugleich wird unsere Welt von jenen Unternehmern revolutioniert, die diese Tools erfunden haben und exzessiv nutzen: den Nerds vom Silicon Valley.

Wo liegt das Problem?

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The Guardian – Is it always good to talk?

Illustration by Michele Marconi

We’re so accustomed to seeing talking as a source of solutions – for resolving conflicts or finding new ideas – that it’s hard to see when it is the problem.

Every office worker hates meetings. Obviously. But it’s a strange sort of hate, similar to the hatred of Londoners for the Northern line, or New Yorkers for tourists who walk too slowly: the dislike is real, yet if the despised thing were to vanish, it’d be like surrendering a piece of your soul.

“When we probed into why people put up with the strain that meetings place on their time and sanity, we found something surprising,” wrote the academics Leslie Perlow, Constance Hadley and Eunice Eun in the Harvard Business Review recently. “Those who resent and dread meetings the most also defend them as a ‘necessary evil’ – sometimes with great passion.” True, research suggests that meetings take up vastly more of the average manager’s time than they used to. True, done badly, they’re associated with lower levels of innovation and employee wellbeing. But that’s just office life, right? It’s not supposed to be fun. That’s why they call it work.

Underlying this attitude is an assumption that’s drummed into us not just as workers but as children, parents and romantic partners: that more communication is always a good thing.

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devex – What could emojis bring to disaster response?

“Right now a lot of the emergency response tools that are being developed are happening in a siloed way,” said Sara Dean, an architect and designer who previously worked on a web-based platform called Peta Jakarta, which gathered, sorted and displayed information on flooding in real time.

“One of the advantages that we’ve found in social media is — even though it’s an untamed, noisy type of communication — it’s also a place where people are listening. And so they don’t need to know that an emergency is going to happen; they could even be very unprepared. But when you want to get their attention, you can get it because they’re already there.”

As climate change drives more frequent extreme weather emergencies, emojis can offer some advantages over the written word. They are the closest thing we have to a global language, Dean said, explaining that the way in which these icons are available and used globally equips them with the potential to inform disaster response and enable a global conversation about climate.

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NZZ – Integration von ausländischen Fachkräften – Die Agentur für glückliche Expats

Nur wenn alle am Familientisch einigermassen zufrieden sind, wird ein längerer Auslandaufenthalt zum Erfolg. (Bild: Mauritius)
Der schwedische Forschungsstandort Lund erprobt die «begleitete Integration» von ausländischen Fachkräften und ihren Familien. Die zuständige Agentur ist europaweit Pionierin.
Der Job könnte besser nicht sein: anforderungsreich und erfüllend, mit vielen spannenden neuen Kollegen, und erst noch verbunden mit der aufregenden Erfahrung eines längeren Auslandaufenthalts. Nur ein Wermutstropfen ist dabei, dafür aber ein gewichtiger – der Lebenspartner, der mitgekommen ist, fühlt sich am neuen Ort nicht besonders glücklich. Wer im Rahmen seiner Berufskarriere bereits einmal ausserhalb der Heimat gearbeitet hat, dürfte dieser Erfahrung in irgendeiner Form begegnet sein. Und dabei festgestellt haben, dass es einem selber auch in einem phantastischen Job nur dann wirklich gutgehen kann, wenn der Partner mit seinem Leben ebenfalls zufrieden ist.

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iversity – Video Role-Play Training : How to Teach Communication Skills Online

video role-play

Video role-play training assignments thus allow us to teach things online that are often thought of as being hard to teach in a digital format. Namely courses on real-life communication skills where there is no dichotomous black or white. Where there are many right and many wrong answers and many different shades of grey in between.

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Alumniportal Deutschland – Beware of blunders : How body language affects intercultural communication

We convey much more information through our body language than we might think. Posture, facial expression and gestures as well as the tone of our voice affect our communication – and particularly in intercultural exchange. 

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