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Repatriation: Returning Home for Another Shock!

Featured Image Source: Photographer: Tim Swaan.  While many expats expect to experience culture shock when moving to a new country, few of us anticipate the shock of returning home. We assume we will transition smoothly because we have grown up and are already familiar with the culture. However, repatriation and expatriation are two sides of the same coin – just as it takes time to settle into another culture, it takes time to settle back into “home”. After investing so much energy into adapting to the culture of a host country, it makes sense that we now have to re-adapt to home – and that we might have forgotten certain nuances of home. Reverse culture shock, as it’s commonly called, can be worsened by the...

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The Shifting Expat Scene

My personal experience and tips for changing environments. “Once again I find myself alone, sitting at the small wooden table in this cold kitchen, wearing wool socks on my feet and a hot cup of tea in my hand. As I gaze out the window at the pouring down rain, I can’t help but think this summer was all just a dream…” This excerpt is taken from one of the first journal entries I had wrote upon returning from a summer spent working in Southern France for diversophy®. Coming “home” is not always as sweet as the saying when you feel there are a million pieces to your puzzled life to put back together. This post will share tips, coping...

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diversophy® first special guest blog – Elmer Dixon Presents at Midwest Security & Police Conference

Elmer Dixon, President of Executive Diversity Services, who frequently partners with our diversophy® team, spoke at the Midwest Security & Police Conference in Tinley Park, IL this week on the importance of intercultural conflict training for officers. Police chiefs from around the US Midwest participated in the event. Dixon's presentation explored two aspects of responding to conflict: first, how one communicates disagreement, and second, how one expresses emotion. He suggested that being able to quickly recognize conflict styles will enable officers to deescalate high intensity situations by making small changes in how they react. "If I [have an] emotionally restrained style and I'm talking with someone who is emotionally expressive," he said, "Even minimal amounts of emotion through either expressions...

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If a single drop falls into the ocean, it creates ripples

Title is quoted by ― Margaret Weis, The Seventh Gate Three months ago, I fortunately attended a conference in Brussels about Interculturalists and Migration. The conference was organized thanks to initiatives of a group of Intercultural experts or professionals, who felt like they needed to be involved much more the current migration crisis. The conference was meant empower each individual participating to launch helpful actions.  The following was the original “advertisement”:  “With the current dramatic increase in migration into and within Europe there has been much discussion around National SIETARs in Europe about the issues facing all the countries of Europe, with some more affected than others. The causes of the migration are many but as Interculturalists there is a strong feeling that...

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Surviving the Death Valley of Education

It is no secret that education systems across the globe are failing to fulfill the needs of their students and staff, nor are they meeting the needs and expectations of local communities and the larger social fabric. In some areas of the U.S. high school dropout rates are as high as 60%, in some Native American communities it is up to 80%. In the next ten years it is estimated the U.S economy’s net gain would be over 1 trillion dollars if the rates were cut in half.[i] Creativity expert Ken Robinson proposes three principles in the culture of education: 1) Naturally Diverse and Different The current system has been designed for achieving high test scores in particular subjects. The...

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