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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words but a Story is Alive

written by Emily Auvinen Stories are powerful tools which have been an integral part of living, learning and have helped humans survive for thousands of years. Before written language and online communication, the means to share was through listening, remembering and continuing to spread the wisdom and knowledge through the telling of stories.[i] From fairy tales to new Hollywood action movies, each narrative has a lesson to be found and the power to connect beyond quantitative knowledge in the age of big data—a story is data with a soul. The Stanford graduate school of business found that:[ii] Stories are 22...

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Bridging across cultures

Written by: Nghi Dang I normally don’t follow politics closely. I run into headline news now and then, via social media. Recently, with my effort of not being much ignorant, I know news via other channels, rather than social media. Earlier today, I came across this article: “After Brexit, I feel like a foreigner in my own country”, written by Yosola Olorunshola—a Communications Officer for Global Citizen. She talked about how her own country had turned to be a strange place, in which people are divided and violence is being inflicted on innocent people. The only “crime” those innocent ones...

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How deep does national identity discourse run?

What is the difference between patriotism and nationalism? This article explores the deeper discourse of identity that often seems undiscussable and remains undiscussed. "The elephant in the room" is a term used to describe something that though having enormous influence and importance goes unnoticed or is repressed and not dealt with. Perhaps the case of the USA, discussed here is an powerful example of this inability to reflect, perceive, and discuss something that seems taboo, something too close for comfort. This is particularly interesting in the case of the USA, since the elephant in the room seems to be Trump-eting...

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Women in the intercultural field

What follows is not a scientific reflection, or perhaps it is an appeal for one. Having been a member of the Board of Directors of SIETAR (The Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research) on multiple occasions, both in SIETAR Europa and SIETAR France, I observed that the membership of this organization seemed to hover, give or take, at about 80% female. I asked myself why this is the case. I could only theorize, and I came up with the following potential, perhaps partial answers: Intercultural work for a long time was seen as a sort of “soft science” (if...

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Silence is the new communication

Written by: Nghi Dang Before I moved to Finland, I had already kept telling myself to be braver in speaking up or standing in front of the crowd. I had this small fear ever since I was a kid. I could recall being pushed by my mom to “go ahead, nobody is going to bite you”. No one ever actually bites me (that is a relief) but they have the look, which still stirs my fears now and then. I was going through all posts published on diversophy® Facebook page, and I came across this article Learning to Speak Up...

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