Top 10 Ways to Learn about Another Culture…or Just 1: Ask!

 I started to write a simple “10 Quick Steps to Preparing for Your International Visitor,” as in preparing to meet your mother-in-law from Argentina for the first time or hosting the new team from Korea for a business conference, but I realized it rang of insincerity.  Sure, you can (and should) read works of fiction…

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Help Connect the Dots Between School and Presidency: Help Damon Weaver Get His Interview

The Huffington Post has taken up the cause of 10 year old Damon Weaver, reporter for the Kathryn E. Cunningham Canal Point Elementary school TV station,  to get a one-on-one interview with President Obama.   As his story continues to grow, he did get credentials to cover the Inauguration.  Dwayne Wade also has offered to play…

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Can You Use Stereotypes and Still Have a Good Ad?

 Take look at this delightful ad for Heineken created by TBWA\Neboko, Amstelveen.  The ad does play on stereotypic “likes” of the sexes-shoes for her and beer for him, but it does it in a light, non-judgmental way that works.  What is particularly nice in this day of globalization is that while there is a minimal…

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Using Your Midlife Crisis as a Catalyst for Intercultural Parenting

 According to psychologytoday.com, a mid-life crisis can hit around age 40, plus or minus 20 years, and can include “questioning decisions made years earlier and the meaning of life.”  However, in the words of English novelist George Eliot (aka Mary Anne Evans), “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”  As…

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Free Marketing Seminar (Chicago)

Please join me in Chicago for a free marketing seminar I’ll be leading this Friday, January 9 at City Hall:  5 Easy Steps to Marketing Your Business.  In this fast-paced workshop you will learn to clearly define your products or services, identify your target market and strategize how to reach it.  Learn about branding and how to create…

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Four No- or Low-Cost Ways to Jump Start Intercultural Dialogue in Your Home in the New Year

 While today’s economy might prevent international travel for a spell, there are plenty of inexpensive things to do to share cultural traditions, inspire curiosity and empathy and improve your intercultural communication skills.  Here are just a few: 1) Hang a map of the world on your wall! Ignorance breeds indifference. Point out locations of world…

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Volkswagen Presents Multicultural Multicultural Ad

 Take a look at this new ad from Volkswagen , created by Almap BBDO (Brazil) that pokes fun at diversity and inclusion as the vehicle (ha ha) for creating an intercultural, inclusive ad to reach out to multiple audiences. While many multicultural ads still seem to stereotype or tokenize cultures, this ad playfully and consciously…

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Family Friday: A Child’s Insight to Intercultural Appreciation

Scene:  Mom and Dillon take 100 foot walk from front door to garage door, the exact same walk they have taken over 1,700 times in the past 5 years.  Dillon teaches mom lesson about intercultural communications. FADE IN: FRONT DOOR OF HOME   OUTSIDE ON PORCH         MORNING MOM pushes DILLON outside and turns to lock door…

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Family Friday: More Than a Bad Word, Explaining the Power and Context of the N-Word

My 7 year old learned the N-word a few weeks ago, and was immediately told that it was bad, 1.) Because he would get beat up if he used it (explanation from my dad) and 2.) It was just a bad word, “Like the F-word” (explanation from me).  I was left with a fear from…

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