Book reviews

Robinowitz, Christina Johansson and Lisa Werner Carr, Modern-Day Vikings

Robinowitz, Christina Johansson and Lisa Werner Carr, Modern-Day Vikings: A Practical Guide to Interacting with the Swedes Reviewed by George Simons at diversophy.com The Swedish delight of getting things in the right proportio. Lagom bok. Writing a book is easy. Getting it "just right" is the hard part. Lagom, as the authors of Modern-Day Vikings tell us is the Swedish delight of getting things in the right proportion, including what is fitting and appropriate, no more, no less, and, in this case, writing a bok about one's people without being either overbearing or falsely modest. Not too many of us, I suspect, have learned...

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Somé, Malidoma Patrice, The Healing Wisdom of Africa

Reviewed by George Simons at diversophy.com An experience in its own right The Healing Wisdom of Africa by Malidoma Patrice Somé is very much about ritual and is an initiatory ritual experience in its own right. As I started into it, I was discouraged and beset with the temptation to lay it aside. It felt like a mix of 1980s New Age californication with reminiscences of a Catholic boyhood. Being my stubborn self, however, I dragged it on bus trips to the market and schlepped it to the swimming pool to prelude my afternoon sieste provinçale. Willy-nilly I pushed my way deeper...

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Mann, Richard, Clown On the Streets of Jakarta Paperback – 1997

Reviewed by George Simons at diversophy.com What tourists don't necessarily see... A Clown on the Streets of Jakarta is a collection of stories about Indonesians and about expatriates and tourists whose lives cross theirs. It is not a great book or a professional resource but the kind of good read that enriches and satisfies us while taking us to humanity that is both different from our own and somehow deeply the same. It is worth more than a shelf of tour guides and a day of cultural lectures. Mann provides everyday insights into Indonesian culture by taking us into the hearts and minds of...

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Sell, Joanna, Geschäftskultur Polen kompakt

Sell Joanna, Geschäftskultur Polen kompakt: Wie Sie mit polnischen Geschäftspartnern, Kollegen und Mitarbeitern erfolgreich zusammenarbeiten Reviewed by George Simons at diversophy.com Succinct, up to date! This excellent little series of compact guides is enriched by Joanna Sell’s particularly well-crafted content. It is rare that I review German language books, though I am relatively fluent in the language, so this was a treat, particularly since I'm shortly to be on my way to Poland once again, and the country has resonances in my ancestry. At least on the surface, things change quite quickly and how deep values are manifest in the fashion of the...

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Sutton, Michael J. and Kevin Allen, Emotify!

Reviewed by Dr. George Simons at diversophy.com Sutton, Michael J. and Kevin Allen, Emotify! The power of the human element in game-based learning, serious games and experiential education. This book is strong on the history of educational strategies and both decries the persistence of less productive, outdated methodologies and offers perspectives on developing processes for their improvement or replacement. Allen is a corporate professional providing insight into organizational maximization of gamification, while Sutton is a polymath who has years of experience both in the IT field as well as in academic environments. Given that, the book is strongly focused on academic...

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