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To launch SIETAR Europa’s new rolling online platform we are looking for
to be part of the editorial team.
About SIETAR Europa and the new online platform
SIETAR EUROPA is Europe’s largest association of interculturalists and part of the worldwide SIETAR network. SIETAR‘s purpose is to encourage the development and application of knowledge, values and skills which enable effective intercultural and interethnic relations at individual, group, organisation and community levels.
THE NEW ONLINE PLATFORM is a rolling platform produced by the SIETAR Europa community. Replacing the popular SIETAR Europa Journal and taking its work further, it will be an audience-driven online platform for exchanging intercultural experiences, ideas, and research among the SIETAR community and beyond. It aims at promoting an exchange of ideas among the interculturally curious.
The content on the platform will be organized in a blog format including blog entries, longer articles, interviews, video material and more.
Your tasks as Content Editor
- Creating regular content for the new platform, for instance blog entries, articles, interviews, book reviews, event summaries and other – depending on your interest and skills
- Forming part of the editorial committee:
- Identification of topics of interest and contributors to the platform
- Checking incoming content from the SIETAR community for quality and consistency with the SIETAR Europa values
- Providing feedback to other contributors, and editing others’ content
- Optimizing content for search engines (SEO) and lead generation (optional)
- Very good writing and editing skills
- Interest in providing regular content for the new platform – we are open to your suggestions!
- A passion for the intercultural field and a good understanding of SIETAR Europa’s values
- Familiarity with WordPress or a desire to learn as well as SEO skills are welcomed
What we offer you
- A fun, international team to work with
- Opportunity to start up the new SIETAR Europa platform and to make an impact within SIETAR and the intercultural field
- Great opportunities to connect with, share with and learn from the SIETAR community and beyond
- Please note that this position is an unpaid volunteering opportunity
If you’re interested in one of the positions and in becoming part of the platform team, please write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org sending your CV and writing a short paragraph about your motivation until 31 August 2021. Please also mention your availability and when you would be able to start in this email.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions.
Thank you everybody that participated in these, the first open elections for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer for The Executive Committee of SIETAR Europa. The official Results are as follows:
- President – Carla Cabrera Cuadrado
- Vice President – Papa Balla Ndong
- Secretary – Bernd Gibson
- Treasurer – Martina Pulver
Thank you, Support Team: As Election Commissioner, I would like to thank the good people of SIETAR Europa for their invaluable assistance, work and input: Bee Baumann, Gradiola Kapaj, MRS Christine Longe Legrand, for communications, the nomination process, the videos, social media promotion, and supplying the qualifying membership voting list, amongst many other critical parts of this new process. And, a special mention goes to… Steve Miller for just about everything else – the website, and the technical parts of the election voting process itself.
Thank you, Candidates: To all of you, whether you put yourself forward in the end or not, it was important that you considered the opportunity, and we appreciate the effort, thought and the spirit with which you became part of the story.
Thank you, Voters: With just over 20% of the eligible members voting in the election from SIETARs – Austria, Europa, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and UK; this was about you, the members, becoming more involved, seeing the process through and, hopefully, feeling heard by SIETAR Europa.
And, we must say goodbye too: We thank the departing Execs who, have done so much, and made such a difference over the last couple of years – Tamara Thorpe as outgoing President, Bastian Kuentzle, Vice President, Julia Johannsen, Secretary, & Linda Vignac with Adrian Pilbeam, joint Treasurers.
Legacy: An amazing team that have expanded the capacity, capability and reach, as well as the effectiveness operating status, of this important organisation.
Next?:Please keep involved with SIETAR Europa, and help the new incumbents to find their feet, take over the reins, and start this new chapter with vigour, energy and success.
Outgoing Election Commissioner
Burning Question: How western is the concept of burnout?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Camilla Degerth.
Listen to SEU team members share their thoughts about why they volunteer!
SIETAR Europa – General Assembly Meeting Invitation
June 8th, 2021 at 18:00 CET
As SIETAR members we are constantly influencing and changing the organisation to which we represent and belong. There are a lot of ways we do that: organising events, contributing to discussions, sharing experiences, and supporting initiatives.
Once a year members have an opportunity to influence the strategic decision-making by participating in the SIETAR General Assembly (GA).
The GA is, as you know, the highest governing authority of SIETAR. At the GA, we review our previous year achievements and vote for the next year’s vision and strategy.
Your voice matters. Please, participate and be heard.
The GA 2021 will take place virtually on June 8th at 18.00 CET
The agenda and further documents
can be found here. (updated 15 May 2021)
For those who would like to refresh their knowledge about the GA purpose and the role – please, go to Article 7 of the SIETAR Europa Statutes and article 9 of the Guidelines. Here
Mark it in your calendar.
Call for a Congress Coordinator
SIETAR Europa is looking for a detail oriented and well organized volunteer to be our 2022 SEU Congress Coordinator. SIETAR Europa Congresses are highly anticipated events in the intercultural field, and attended by intercultural professionals from around the globe.
The Congress Coordinator works closely with the SEU Board of Directors, the Programme Committee Chair, and other congress committee chairs to organize, coordinate, and deliver our 2022 Congress.
Volunteering as the Congress Coordinator is an opportunity to demonstrate professional competence among your peers, as well as to work closely with other expert congress organizers.
Duties of Congress Coordinator:
- Sets milestones, assigns responsibilities to Congress subcommittees as outlined in the Congress Handbook; monitors and reports on the progress of the Congress Steering Committee.
- Collaborates with the Congress Steering Committee to organize and deliver the SEU Congress
- Oversees and supports the work of the various Congress committees (Finance, Programme, Communication, Logistic)
- Maintains weekly and monthly committee activities calendars; updates calendars as required
- Follows-up on the congress back office team (registration, communication with attendees)
- Works with the relevant committees on compilation of the event program; maintains mailing lists for distribution of event calendar or other pertinent information.
- In association with the SEU IT Committee, decides on a collaborative project management tool and organizations a training for its users.
- Supports the work of the committee, which is implementing a social and cultural program to be run parallel to the Congress (e.g. Gala, cultural events, additional entertainment packages, etc.)
- Facilitates operations and responds to emergencies, problems, etc; ensures all aspects of events are implemented and controlled according to plans
- Works with the local Event Manager to ensure the acquisition of necessary services, technical, catering, etc.
- Oversees the organization and works with the Programme Committee Chair on the creation of the final programme, including the publication of Congress programme
- Works with the Event Manager to:
- maintain direct contact with the various outside organizations associated with scheduled events.
- obtain meeting request orders, book meeting rooms and send confirmations to clients.
- determine participant counts and accordingly book right sized meeting rooms.
- process all other additional requests such as room set-up, catering needs and audio visual device requirements.
- Works with the relevant committee on the draft of the recognition announcement to be made during the event
- Works with the relevant committees and volunteers in order to handle session feedback questionnaires and e-survey (set up, supervise, evaluate) for post congress
- Tracks budget with the finance and sponsoring committees in coordinating and tracking various expenditures and revenues, collecting fees and maintaining any necessary records.
- Reviews new vendor contract proposals for additional requirements and makes appropriate recommendations and consults the Congress Steering Committee as needed.
- Participates in discussion and makes recommendations regarding policies (free or discounted admissions, scholarships, volunteer treats, advanced and door pricing, etc.)
- Prepares a list of volunteers and amounts to be discounted/rebated or awards
- Facilitates communication between all SEU Congress committees and the Congress Event Manager; ensuring the Event Manager has necessary information on time; all action to be timely performed in support to the on the ground preparation.
- Supports the PR team in writing calendar-listing information; distributes to regional media – print, radio, and television.
- Excellent planning, budgeting and project management skills and have the ability to lead and motivate their teams, and work under pressure due to time and budget constraints.
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Detail-oriented individual with the ability to se projects through from start to finish.
- Able to multitask with excellent organizational abilities.
- Strong interpersonal skills with clear communication and a friendly manner
- Able to collaborate and work seamlessly with both members of your own team and outside parties to ensure everyone is on the same page and committed to an outstanding outcome
- Able to negotiate to get satisfactory rates and services, which requires conference coordinators to discuss terms until an agreement can be reached
- Able to think on your feet, and be agile and responsive when challenges present themselves, and to keep the event on track must be capable of managing several activities at the same time,
- Able to liaise effectively with volunteers, committees, suppliers and presenters.
- Excellent customer service skills to deal with inquiries and complaints
- Experience of previous SIETAR Europa congresses
- Experience in a related field such as public relations, exhibition management or the hotel and catering industry would be useful, and coordinators must be able to demonstrate a track record of successful event management.
How to Apply:
Are you interested in this new challenge?
Please apply via the “SEU Volunteer Application” form found on this page.
Then send your CV by via email to: email@example.com
Burning Question: 24/7 availability? How do generations deal differently with virtual work?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Camilla Degerth.
Among the many articles in this issue, you will find:
- an interview with Svetlana Buko, a Russian sociologist and enthusiastic member of SIETAR Europa, who talks about her innovative research in the world of cross-border identity
- a passionate article by Nguyen-Phuong-Mai on conspiracies, fakes news and her role as an interculturalist
- co-editor Kirsten Wächter discusses the question of white privilege and how white interculturalists are dealing with it
Burning Question: How does culture influence work-life balance for women?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Illyl Sné-Or and Joanna Sell.
Burning Question: What creative methods could we use in the intercultural training evaluation process for the full illustration of the ROI?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Gabriela Weglowska and Gradiola Kapaj.
Burning Question: What are your experiences of conducting cross-cultural workshops for the “social media generation”?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Kalaivani Mattern and Camilla Deghert!
- an interview with Joel Brown, an Afro-American and lawyer, who upon discovering SIETAR has become a passionate interculturalist
- a few teaching tips on how we can make our participants aware of our unconscious racial biases
- a short history of SIETAR Europa which came into existence just as the Berlin Wall was falling in November, 1989
Burning Question: How do we teach Artificial Intelligence not to discriminate in the recruitment process?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Camilla Degerth and Gradiola Kapaj.
In preparation of the General Assembly and vote on the change in SEU Statues, we ask you to join us for the following Town Halls:
Town Hall 1
Topic: SEU Statues Townhall
Time: Dec 3, 2020, 17:00pm CET
Please join us on Zoom (link here)
Meeting ID: 839 3056 3658
Town Hall 2
Topic: SEU Statues Townhall
Time: Dec 9th, 2020, 13:00pm CET
Please join us on Zoom (link here)
Meeting ID: 861 0028 9915
If you are unable to attend and you have questions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you there,
The SIETAR Europa Board
Since the killing of U.S. citizen George Floyd on May 25th, the world has witnessed communities across the globe rising up against police brutality, with a call to end the global pandemic of racism. The SIETAR Europa Board of Directors has created space and time for the SIETAR community to listen, reflect, grieve, and be civically engaged. Today, we want the individuals, families, and communities affected by police violence and racism to know that we join them in their sadness, anger, and sense of urgency. As an organisaion, we are committed to being anti-racist and striving to become ever more inclusive in all that we do.
SIETAR Europa is committed to the dignity and worth of the human person and to the peaceful resolution of interpersonal, intergroup and international conflicts. Our purpose is to promote intercultural understanding in Europe and to serve as a forum for exchange for our members. We strongly condemn racism within our organisation, the intercultural field, and the larger European context, and are committed to working towards the elimination of any kind of discrimination, especially when it includes violence.
We acknowledge that racism and the racialisation of specific communities is, and always has been, a powerful and very real measure of domination and exploitation within Europe. We recognise that structural and systemic racism are as deeply woven into the foundations of European societies as they are elsewhere. Since COVID-19, increased policing measures have led to a rise in police violence and racial profiling not only in the U.S, but elsewhere in the world and also Europe. Therefore, we also condemn police violence and the targeting of racialised communities in Europe, and their escalation since COVID-19. Moreover, we condemn the continued mistreatment of migrants, displaced persons, and refugees on the borders of, and within Europe.
We have been inspired by the revitalised global dialogue on systemic and structural racism and the changes that are happening as a result. As an organisation, we commit to being a part of the efforts to dismantle those very structures so that we can build a society that is truly just and equal. We recognise that it must begin with an honest, humble, curious and open look at the unflattering reality of our own beliefs, assumptions, behaviours, and perspectives as individuals and as an organization.
SIETAR Europa recognises that our organisation’s origins are rooted in a dominant white culture that has benefitted from subtle racist structures and white privilege, with or without our awareness of it. Despite efforts that have been made over the years to check that privilege and be more inclusive, we continue to struggle to include more ethnically diverse educators, trainers, and researchers within our organisation.
To ensure that we are able to live our values and successfully achieve our mission, we commit to:
- Educate ourselves and our members on anti-racism, and its intersectionality with the intercultural field
- Increase our awareness of the impact of white normative culture within our organizational structure, policies and practices
- Create new alternatives to build a more inclusive and diverse organization
- Develop open and transparent volunteer recruitment processes at all levels of the organization
- Identify and take actions against all forms of discrimination within the organization
Towards our friends and allies outside of SIETAR, we commit to:
- Joining the anti-racist movement in Europe
- Supporting marginalised, discriminated, and racialised communities in Europe
- Support anti-racist organisations and movements led by those very communities within Europe
Over the coming weeks and months, we will develop and share more specific actions and measures of progress of our commitments.It is time to be uncomfortable, to listen, to show solidarity, and help tackle a system that we have benefitted from, consciously or unconsciously.
This is a difficult time in Europe, as it is around the world. And yet it is also a time of increased potential for real, sustainable and positive change. As part of the SIETAR Europa Board’s commitment to educate ourselves and our members on anti-racism, and its intersectionality with the intercultural field, we are launching a new series of anti-racism learning events.
This series begins with the panel discussion, “Anti-racism for Interculturalists” on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 6 pm CET, moderated by SIETAR Europa President, Tamara Thorpe.
Click here for more information and to register [link pending]
We invite and encourage SIEAR members who want to help drive this important work to reach out to your SIETAR Europa Board representative or to contact us directly with your ideas and contributions.
SIETAR Europa Board of Directors
Dear President, dear Board Members,
Maybe you already know, but May 7th Mieke Janssen-Matthes passed away.
Mieke was one of the creators and founders of SIETAR Europa and the first President of SIETAR Europa. Mieke was the tireless lead administrator of SIETAR Europa during its first formative years in Haarlem, NL. At the same time, she was Executive Vice President of SIETAR International and for a long time member of the Governing Council of SIETAR International.
A true pillar of the organisation.
She was an inspiration for many Sietarians and other people working in the intercultural field. She was an inspiring and respected lecturer and coach for many children living in Otherland’. Author of the ‘Anderland’ books for children and adults in Dutch, and the English editions: ‘Off to Otherland: A read-and-do book for children going to live abroad’, 1998, 2002, 2007 and ‘Unlocking the secret of Otherland: A story and activity book for children living abroad’. Amsterdam 2006.
Mieke was honorary member of SIETAR Europa and honorary member of SIETAR Nl. She received the SIETAR International Senior Interculturalist Award and she was also the well deserved recipient of the SIETAR Europa Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
SIETAR Europa is indebted to Mieke’s unfaltering wisdom, energy and dedication.
In lieu of condolences, Mieke’s family is interested in receiving personal memories or wishes. In order not to publish the family address, contact either Susan Vonsild (email@example.com) or Francien Wieringa (firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will give you the correct address.
Warm regards to all of you,
Dear SIETAR Europa Members and Friends,
SIETAR Europa has been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact in Europe. Weunderstand that each of your regions has been uniquely impacted and are at different stages in their response. The SIETAR Europa Board of Directors is in close contact with each national SIETAR, as well as the direct members, and continues to monitor the progress of this pandemic and its impact on our members and organization.
As interculturalists, many of us have learned to accept ambiguity and uncertainty, yet we understand that it creates fear and stress for many others. We hope this is opportunity for communities to come together and innovate, as we have seen with neighbors in Italy singing and making music together, among many other great examples of generosity and caring across the world. Unfortunately, we are also aware that the situation has stoked fear against those who are different to us. There has been scape-goating and blame-hunting of cultural groups by individuals and unfortunately government leaders. SIETAR-Europa calls upon the leaders in Europe and beyond, from majors to presidents, from union-leaders to CEOs, from athletes to artists, to protect the vulnerable, to unite instead of fracture, to servetheir communities instead of themselves.
SIETAR subscribes to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and works towards the elimination of every kind of discrimination based on race, skin-colour, gender, sexual orientation, family and marital status, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Therefore, SIETAR Europa is calling on each of its members to join us in openly rejecting racism, operating from equity, and maintaining a voice of inclusion within our networks, communities, and organizations.
During times of crisis and uncertainty, our values and skill set as intercultural practitioners are more relevant than ever. We believe that times like this call for solidarity and compassion, and it is important for communities to come together across our differences to find solutions and weather the storm.
SIETAR Europa will continue to host our monthly virtual events, and we are encouraging national SIETARs to also host their events online. Let’s continue to build community, learn from one another, and take action towards our values of openness, tolerance, diversity and inclusion.
The SIETAR Europa Board of Directors
We are pleased to present the conference proceedings from the unique East-West Bridges conference held in October 2018. The conference bridged SIETAR Europa and SIETAR Russia, starting in Helsinki, Finland and concluding in St. Petersburg, Russia.
We hope you will find the contents interesting for your profession, and hope to meet you all soon again.
Enjoy the reading!
Maura Di Mauro
East-West Bridges Conference Chairs
Dear SIETAR Europa Members and Friends,
We are happy to share with you SIETAR Italia’s announcement on the launch of their new book Feeling Italian
The Feeling Italian book has finally been published by SIETAR Italia. Do you want to know more about what Feeling Italian means today?
The Feeling Italian book uses the photographic language to explore the multicultural identities and global citizenship.
89 images selected from an international jury, together with personal stories and narratives (Italian and English) show the complexity of the Italian identity in the global context today.
Feeling Italian allows to reflect on the dynamic, fluid and plural concept of identity. The book offers an innovative stimulus for intercultural dialogue and a useful tool for intercultural education and training.
180 pages with 89 photographs completed by photographers’ narratives and short essays in Italian and in English written by the book’s editors, Maura Di Mauro and Bettina Gehrke, and the members of the Scientific Committee Milton Bennett, Sergio Di Giorgi and Matteo Balduzzi.
To order your copy, either eBook or limited edition version, visit the Amazon Italia website.
For more information visit the SIETAR Italia website.
Congratulations to our colleagues from SIETAR Italia,
The SIETAR Europa Communication Committee
Dear SIETAR Europa Members,
It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the passing of a valued colleague and friend at SIETAR EUROPA, Claude Bourgeois, on September 12th 2019.
Claude was on the SIETAR EUROPA board, representing SIETAR France at the same time in 2014. Claude served as President of SIETAR EUROPA from April until October 2015.
Claude Bourgeois worked as International Relations Manager in a Grande Ecole in Lyon for 20 years. She was then posted in Japan, Egypt and Morocco for 7 years for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Back in France, she worked as director of small size companies in Paris, Strasbourg, and Vichy.
Claude has greatly contributed to the intercultural field and will be deeply missed.
We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
With kind regards,
The SIETAR EUROPA Executive Committee
Dancing to a Different Tune
Essays, interviews and commentaries on the intercultural experience
In this collection of interviews, essays and critiques, Patrick L. Schmidt examines how globalization is changing the way we look at both others and ourselves. Editor-in-chief of the Sietar Europa Journal for six years, he’s spent time with the pioneers (Geert Hofstede, Nancy Adler, Milton Bennett), as well as a host of others, discussing the early life experiences that led them to the intercultural field…and the road since.
Accompanying this rhythmic sweep of minds are articles which explore everything from cross-cultural frameworks in “third-culture kids” to the ethnocentric writings of Mark Twain to the interlocking of language and thought to a look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, the ultimate expatriate.
Insightful, witty, audacious, DANCING TO A DIFFERENT TUNE is the sparkling, often provocative story of how people are dealing with the challenges of a multicultural planet. Order now from SIETAR Europa. Euro 19.90 (postage included).
This page lists reviews by SIETAR Europa members. All reviews may be downloaded here: SEU Book Review Archive (2.5MB zip file)
Adler, Nancy J. International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Aguilar, Leslie C.Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts Reviewer: George Simons
Alromaithy, Abdulhamied How to Make them Say…You’ve Got the Job Reviewer: George Simons
Bar-Joseph, Levin The Bridge: Dialogues Across Cultures Reviewer: George Simons
Bais, Karolien, & Huijser, Mijnd The Profit of Peace Reviewer: George Simons
Blohm, Judith and Lapinsky, Terri Kids Like Me Reviewer: George Simons
Calloway-Thomas, Carolyn Empathy in the Global World: An Intercultural Perspective Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Clarke, Stephen A Year in the Merde Reviewer: George Simons
Clarke, Stephen Merde, Actually Reviewer: George Simons
Crouch, Ned Mexicans and Americans Reviewer: George Simons
Dicks, Dianne (ed.) Cupid’s Wild Arrows Reviewer: Dianne Dicks – editor’s comments
Hofstede, Geert and Hofstede, Gert J. Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Huijser, Mijnd The Cultural Advantage Reviewer: George Simons
Janssen-Matthes, Mieke Unlocking the Secret of Otherland Reviewer: George Simons
Kohls, Robert and Knight, John Developing Intercultural Awareness Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Kurze, Peter Around the World in 80 Travel Tales Reviewer: George Simons
Magee, John Otto Verstehen sich Deutsche und Amerikaner? Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Malewski, Margaret GenXpat Reviewer: George Simons
Melton, William R.The New American Expat Reviewer: George Simons
Peters, Arno The 2006 Peters Map Reviewer: George Simons
Pollock, David and Van Reken, Ruth Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Rapaille, Clotaire The Culture Code Reviewer: Maria Jicheva
Savicki, Victor (ed.) Developing Intercultural Competence and Transformation Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Sedgwick, Mark Islam and Muslims Reviewer: George Simons
Shaules, Joseph Deep Culture: The Hidden Challenges of Global Living Reviewer: Katrin Volt
Somerville, Diana Inside Out / Down Under Reviewer: George Simons
Spencer-Oatey, Helen and Franklin, Peter Intercultural Interaction Reviewer: Patrick Schmidt
Suder, Gabriele Corporate Strategies under International Terrorism and Adversity Reviewer: George Simons
Wood, Denis et al Seeing through Maps Reviewer: George Simons
Members interested in listing their blogs here should write to: email@example.com
- Transculturality – Blog de Mercedes Valladares Pineda (SIETAR Spain)
- Expat Whisperer
- Culture Dude
- Dr. Fiona Citkin: “Russian Tattoo: For Whom the Bell Tolls”
- Dr. Fiona Citkin: “Generation FF”
- Dr. Fiona Citkin: “5 Things We Learned from Intellectual Polygamists and Other Inventive Immigrants”
- Dr. Fiona Citkin: “Immigration as River of No Return”
- Gugin: How much Cultural Intelligence do you have?
- Tim Rettig
- Culture Move
SIETAR Europe is part of the world SIETAR network, so our closest affiliated organisations are the regional, national, and supranational SIETAR organisations. For more information, see the SIETAR in the World page.
SIETAR Europa affiliations
- Culturelink: A network of organisations involved in research in the field of cultural development. Established by UNESCO and the Council of Europe in 1989.
- Online Learning Consortium: An organisation promoting high-quality online learning in educational organisations.
- UNESCO: The culture portal of UNESCO.
Other useful links
Academic and research periodicals
- European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management
- Journal of Intercultural Communication
- Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
- European Association for International Education
- IACCM International Association of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management Webpage
SIETAR discussion group
You are cordially invited to take part in our SIETAR Europa Discussion on LinkedIn, “Competence in Intercultural Professions”. Here we explore the issues of the knowledge, skills, tools, and behaviors appropriate to doing professional intercultural work, be it in academe, public sector, NGO’s, commercial enterprises, or in the arts and media.
If you are not yet a subscriber to LinkedIn, you will be asked to subscribe first. If you would like to volunteer to manage these discussions, please contact the moderator, Dr. George Simons, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other discussion groups
- Competence in Intercultural Professions (LinkedIn discussion group)
General intercultural sites
- Class Blog: a site that encourages educational blogging and explains the value it has for teachers and students
In this section we provide diverse links for free training material. You can join us in building this resource by sending us training material and links you would like to share. Send us your suggestions here.
Exercises and simulations, focus on course organization and classroom teaching.
Provides articles, online resources, books and guides. This site was founded by Kate Berardo, active committee member of SIETAR Europa.
Culture Matters – Trainer’s Guide
Hello in different languages:
This is a fun, warm-up, cross-cultural activity. The group tries to come up the word(s) for “hello” in as many different languages as possible.
The story of my name
Where does your name come from? Share the story of where your name comes from and what your name means. Helps to build intercultural respect and understanding.
Have you ever?
Active, fun group activity to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of people’s past experiences. Works well with large groups.
Cross-cultural IQ Test
This activity helps students become aware that so-called “intelligence” is culturally-bound and culturally defined. Attempt short IQ tests for mainstream US/Australian culture, Black-Rap 1960’s culture, Australian Aboriginal culture. Ideal for class-room based education about psychology and culture, suited to older adolescents and adults. The tests are written in good humor.
Diversity Activities for youth & adults
Seven (7) different activities
Country Etiquettes Guides
Various countries listed, including language, useful phrases, society, culture, business and social etiquettes
CultureDude helps people learn about cultural situations in a fun manner by using simple-to-use funny cultural games. This can be played for 120+ countries with 8000+ cultural situations presently.
Learn about the cultures of almost any country. Provides free information on history, culture, economy, media and links to more information.
Games & Activities for teaching ESL
100+ activities which can be used with adults and children who are learning a second language.
A free app which explains culture for students, expats, refugees and business people. Available on Android and Apple.
Russell D. Howard, Greta Hanson, and Carly Laywell (2016). Cultural Intelligence for Special Forces Personnel. JSOU Report 16-10
In a 2009 JSOU Press monograph reflecting on the education requirements for Special Operations Forces (SOF) personnel, Brigadier General Russ Howard (U.S. Army, retired) identified “cultural competency” as critical to SOF professional development. The research team asserts that cultural intelligence (CQ) makes the difference and describes a proficiency that goes beyond simply being intelligent, emotionally mature, or having good general social skills. Their message to SOF is that a person with high CQ, whether cultivated or innate, can understand and master situations, persevere, and do the right thing.
Burning Question: What do cultural competence and change management have to do with each other? What is the use of cultural agility in a fast-changing world, where the environment keeps changing?
Read recap and see photos from the CCC Break with Charlotta Brynger and Barbara Covarrubias Venegas here!
Activities for Developing Intercultural Competence for Virtual and Face-to-face Teams
At SIETAR we want to encourage the development and application of knowledge, values and skills which enable effective intercultural relations at individual, group, organisation and community levels. Inspired by many discussions in the SIETAR network, the idea of publishing a collection of SIETAR intercultural training tools came to light. Many large intercultural organizations include a collection of articles, activities, and materials, and our intention was to create a consolidated resource of SIETAR members´ favourite and most effective tools and methodologies.
We proudly present the second edition of the SIETAR Europa Intercultural book series: SIETAR Europa Intercultural Training Tools.
We learn best from what we teach! Every moment in a training setting is an opportunity for everyone in the room to reflect on and develop their own intercultural competencies. How we learn about navigating culture is shaped by our professions, travels, and personal interests. With this publication we want to support your learning environment by publishing selected go-to training activities from SIETARians for virtual or face-to-face teams that integrate modern technologies and emerging practice styles with materials and instructions.
The book includes 29 activities divided into three sections:
- Opening and Warm-up Activities
- Feedback & Debriefing Activities
- Teambuilding Activities
Tool Kit Editors: Elisabeth Hansen, Ann-Kristin Torkler, Barbara Covarrubias Venegas
Check out the official SEU Tool Kit Facebook Fan Page.
2nd Edition now available at
People connect to their cultural or ethnic group through similar food patterns. This cookbook is an excellent opportunity to celebrate our international community with its many diverse tastes and talents. It reflects our deep commitment to our core SIETAR values of diversity and respect.
Cookbook Editors: Ann-Kristin Torkler, Barbara Covarrubias Venegas, Joanna Sell, Pari Namazie
Check out the official SEU Cookbook Facebook Fan Page.
- an interview of Rita Wuebbeler, long time member of SIETAR, who went off as a young German to the U.S. and became an actively sought-out interculturalist. Her experiences and insights of the demands of a global facilitator are engaging and captivating.
- an article on why most universities aren’t prepared for study-abroad programs and what can be done to make intercultural education a win-win situation for all parties concerned.
- how SIETAR Europa got together with SIETAR Russia for a mini-congress in St. Petersburg.
- an interview of Michael Buchmann, long time member of SIETAR Deutschland, who provides us with an insider look of the intercultural world in the ‘80s and ‘90s while he worked in Africa and Asia. It was a time of learning of what one needed to become interculturally sensitive.
- an article on why unconscious bias workshops have become very much in demand in the SIETAR community.
- an essay on people’s reaction to mass migration as experienced in two different countries.
- The June – August 2018 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download.
- In this issue, you will find:
- an interview of Joyce Jenkins, recently elected President of SIETAR Europa, who tells us of her rich experiences of growing up and working in Asia and provides her views on what SIETAR Europa should be striving for in order to meet the challenges of our multicultural world.
- an article on why certain social groups outperform others. Researchers are now discovering the key behavioral traits that propel people to move ahead.
- a short essay on how to work and live with the French, a people very different from other Europeans.
Enjoy the read!
The March – May 2018 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download.
In this issue, you will find:
- an interview of Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai, an extraordinary and atypical intercultural professor at the Amsterdam School of International Business. Through her extensive research in neurology and evolutionary biology, she takes us on to a new perspective and clarity on what intercultural competence actually means.
- an article by Milton Bennett on how political correctness, an extreme form of relativism, generates bias and hostility. He argues that we need to make conscious commitments to constructing viable ways of living in the new world.
- a short and fun essay on the subtle differences in British and American communication styles.
(first published February 2018)
Dear fellow SIETAR Europa members and friends,
It is a great honour to have been appointed to the role of President of SIETAR Europa. Over the years I have benefitted greatly from the insights, perspectives and knowledge gained from interactions with SIETAR members and enjoyed socialising, exchanging ideas and making friends at SIETAR events around the world. I am happy therefore to do whatever I can to further the aims of an organisation which plays such an important role in building better understanding across cultures.
Mark Twain famously said, ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.’ This may not always be the case, but SIETAR Europa plays an important role in promoting the values of openness, tolerance, inclusion and a real appreciation of diversity. In today’s globalised, yet turbulent world, intercultural skills are more valuable than ever before, whatever your field or profession. I will be working closely with SIETAR Europa’s board and consulting with members to explore ways that we can expand our role and impact in this area for the benefit of the organisation and the wider community and look forward to connecting with many of you at our events or through our activities.
President SIETAR Europa
(first published December 2017)
Surprising how fast the days pass by and already we have 2018 soon ahead of us. In my head, I already feel half of 2018 has already flown by. If you empathise with this statement, then maybe this is a good signal telling us to stop, focus on the present, reflect on events of the past year, where we have been and clear our heads for where we are going.
When I reflect on SIETAR in 2017, there are so many achievements we shared as a community:
- A successful congress in Dublin where around 400 participants came together to discover, learn and share. We used this fun new app called Whova (remember it’s pronounced who and then va). We rekindled friendships, heard new thoughts and perspectives, were deeply involved with layers of discussions questioning our identities and culture, laughed a bit, cried a bit and danced a bit. I think many of us would have enjoyed dancing more…
- We completed a productive webinar year, thanks to the Events and Membership Committee, thank you to the events team!
- Our Communications Committee did an excellent job in Dublin but also globally by keeping us visible and significant, thank you communications team!
- Once again, we enjoyed the insights in the SIETAR Europa , a special thanks to Patrick Schmidt.
- We launched our first SIETAR Europa (intercultural) Cookbook! Do you have a copy, if not please pre-order it here.
- Special Interests Groups (SIG) continued to work on important issues, such as the migrant challenge and integration into Europe, with new SIGs being formed.
- New SIETARs are looking at being formed, both within SIETAR Europa (requests from SIETAR Scandinavia, SIETAR Greece) and within our global community (SIETAR South Africa, SIETAR Middle East, SIETAR Chile to name a few)
- SIETAR Europa took its steps for re-structuring further and has recently posted a call within our community for a Management and Operations Head to work with our board. This person will come on board as of 2018.
Already looking forward to 2018; we have:
- Our next congress venue committee shortlisted a number of potential venues for our 2019 SIETAR Europa Congress. With the agreement of the Board, we are happy to announce the next SIETAR Europa 2019 congress will be held in Mechelen, Belgium starting on Monday 27 May and ending on Sunday 2 June 2019. As previous years, Monday 27 -Wednesday 29 May will host pre-congress workshops and Thursday 30 May – Sunday 2 June will be congress days.
- In early 2018, we will send the call for applications for congress co-ordinators and a steering committee.
- Our events and webinar series for 2018 is already on line here with a diverse and exciting new program. Thanks go all the committee team members.
- A special thanks to Barbara Covarrubias Venegas who steps down after 3.5 years as the Head of the Communications Committee. Taking her place is Carla Cabrera Cuadrado, who has worked with the Communications Committee for some time. We also welcome Steve Miller, as new IT architect of SIETAR Europa on board. See here for who’s who on our committees.
- We also say goodbye to some board members who were part of the Executive officers, a special thank you to Silvia Bessler (SIETAR Spain) and Alexander Scheitza (Special Envoy from SIETAR Germany). Our current board members are listed here.
- We were sad to lose SIETAR Bulgaria who discontinue their activities in 2018. The remaining members will once again merge back into SIETAR Europa as Direct Members.
- We also have new Direct Member elections in January 2018 and once the Direct Members are selected, the Board will elect a new Executive Officers team; comprising a new President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
- A Management and Operations Head will join SIETAR Europa and put together a team to work on executing SIETAR Europa’s vision.
I am looking forward to continuing our task of professionalising SIETAR and making our organisation more efficient, with a clear focus on knowledge, outreach and customer orientation. The words Discover, Learn, Share speak loud and clear about the mission of SIETAR Europa.
I am often asked “What is SIETAR?” My answer is SIETAR is a community full of individuals dedicated to the intercultural field, who have a passion to make the world a better place through awareness, understanding and dialogue. SIETAR is SIETAR because of YOU; our members, because of each of you, your ability and perseverance to make a difference and maintain a community spirit. I thank you for supporting our congress, for the work you do, for continuing to keep the intercultural field important and significant. If you are able to participate in taking forward our mandate, please join one of our committees or submit an application to our different calls for volunteers. We welcome your active participation.
Not only am I thankful to our members, I am very thankful to be working with a talented and committed SIETAR Europa board. We plan to have our annual face to face board meeting in March 2018, possibly in Mechelen, which also gives us the opportunity to see our 2019 congress venue.
I have served on the SIETAR Europa board from 2013 as a Direct Member representative and since 2015 as the SIETAR Europa President. It has been an honour to serve SIETAR Europa and to be more active in the organisational and strategic development of SIETAR Europa. Within whichever capacity; as a member or board member, I look forward to 2018, to continuing our dialogues and to meeting you somewhere in the world. In the meantime, I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and new year.
President SIETAR Europa
(first published December 2016)
As I review 2016 on a global scale, it has been one which has surprised and shocked us. Events that dominated the news in the second half of 2016 include Brexit and the recent election of Donald Trump as the next US President. The turmoil faced in the Middle East continues with heart breaking scenes from war torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Consequences of migration in Europe has seen a rise in populism, testing and questioning our values and identity. Leaders fell and were replaced, protests were held, emotions ran rampant, from shock, disbelief, to anger, fear, hopelessness, to acceptance, positive action, to “a thing of the past” and acceptance.
As we go through these stages above, we wonder where are we- where is the world heading? I am reminded of the words of Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”. And maybe these events force us to question things and look for new solutions. In all this confusion and uncertainty, there can be hope, there can be light, there are hundreds of thousands, millions of people, who will unite for positive action, quietly, loudly, in strength of one character, in mobilising a movement or group. I am reminded of our SIETAR members, our network, our colleagues, the work we do bridging cultures, countries and peoples. And so once again, I feel there is a greater need for our area of work and to continue and engage on every level, no matter how great, no matter how small.
And sharing some of these stories of how we make a difference and what we are doing in our SIETAR community, 2016 has been a constructive year. Below I share some highlights of our work and achievements around the world:
- The Board, Executive, Communications, Re-structuring and Events committees have worked tirelessly on making SIETAR Europa more visible, more professional, putting standards and processes in place. This job is on-going. As we professionalise, we ask difficult questions on our structure, how to serve our members better and the future of the SIETAR organisation. The end result of these discussions is to become a more efficient, transparent and professional organisation.
- We had a number of conferences around the world, including SIETAR USA and SIETAR Poland and a very successful SIETAR Europa webinar series using new, efficient tool we have subscribed to, Zoom.
- A group of interculturalists met in Brussels to brainstorm on the migrant issue. This work and dialogue continues.
- The SIETAR Global Connect group which meets once a month and brings all SIETAR presidents together, continues to share best practices and exchange. We welcomed SIETAR Mexico to our global community and will soon be welcoming SIETAR South Africa. A global events calendar displays the variety of events all over the world.
- And last but not least, planning for the #seucongress Dublin congress is well under way, led by a number of committees; including a steering committee, two very dedicated congress coordinators, a program and academic committee with a lot of reviewers, which includes the keynote speakers’ committee, film festival, arts and music program and pre-congress committees. Then there is the very active communications committee, sponsorship, scholarship, budgeting and finally volunteers committee.
And if that is not enough, we are already looking forward to 2017…
- We already have the entire 2017 webinar series on line!
- More national and global SIETAR conferences to look forward to, please see the websites of all national SIETARs, an overview is here!
- Of course, the congress in Dublin 22-27 May and
- A little sneak surprise, you are the first to hear about the SIETAR Europa Cookbook – soon to be launched in 2017, more information will follow soon as we invite all of you to contribute!
It is a pleasure to work with a talented and committed SIETAR Europa board. I am pleased that we will have our annual face to face board meeting in March 2017. One of our efficiency drives has been to reduce our face to face board meetings. Although this is not ideal, we strive to hold one face to face meeting per year and the remainder are held virtually every two months. I look forward to 2017, to continuing our dialogues and to meeting you in Dublin. In the meantime, I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and new year. Until 2017, stay well and warm!
President SIETAR Europa
(first published December 2015)
Dear SIETAR Colleagues,
Looking back on the past year, 2015 came filled with many opportunities and challenges, heart-warming and heart-breaking events, joys and sorrows. It is hard for any of us to influence world events, but how we react as individuals and within our communities can make a world of difference. And a difference can be made in many different ways, no matter how great, no matter how small…
Looking back at the first half of the year, SIETAR Europa enjoyed a successful congress in Valencia, where our very active team of volunteers and committees came together once more to organize an amazing congress, where knowledge could flow, networks could be built, old and new friendships could be re-kindled. For the organising committees, there were lessons to be learnt and improvements to be made for our forthcoming congresses. And in the midst of the migrant crisis which followed in the latter half of the year, it was warming to see the solidarity of our members, community and national SIETARs working together as volunteers and entrepreneurs, providing assistance and solutions to this global crisis. Through the global connect platform connecting SIETAR Presidents, many stories, projects, best practices were shared on this issue.
In October 2015, SIETAR Europa welcomed a new board with representatives from each national SIETAR and our direct members, i.e. members who do not belong to a national SIETAR. The Board hit the ground running, so to speak, and had to immediately deal with one or two challenges. To this aim, I am honoured to be working with the current board, who as individuals come with experience, objectivity and wisdom and as a team show a true spirit of democracy, ensuring each decision is weighed within both the national and global frameworks we operate in.
As for the year ahead, I believe our SIETAR family and community has much work to do and much to offer. Not only do our individual projects in our different fields of education, training, coaching, consulting and research continue but so does our work within our national SIETARs and within SIETAR Europa. Our communication committee works tirelessly ensuring SIETAR Europa is “seen and heard” on social media, newsletters and journals. The next congress committee has already come together to start the discussion on the 2017 Dublin congress theme and the events and webinar committee has not only a new and highly professional webinar platform, but has already provided us with an excting and exhaustive calendar of webinars for the year ahead. The SIETAR Europa board will come together in an annual face to face meeting in February to discuss important issues on strategy, structure and adding value. In addition to a face to face meeting, the board will hold monthly virtual meetings.
I look forward to 2016 and hope it is a year in which we continue learning, sharing and giving. I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and new year. Until 2016, stay well and warm!
President SIETAR Europa
(originally published October 2015)
Dear fellow SIETARians,
I am reminded by the words of Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet who wrote;
“A traveller is not he who walks fast and tires easily, a traveller is he who walks slowly and consistently.”
When I reflect on life’s journey, my experience has shown that it has been the moments I have spent along the journey, taking time to think, explore, falter, analyse and question which have provided me greater opportunities for personal and professional development, than reaching my destination.
Before the Board elected me, I shared a concern with them and said, “I have something I need to share with you, I need to tell you that although I live here in Europe, I am not European, I am somewhat of an outsider and a migrant.” Although I was a student in the UK many years ago and a SIETAR member since 2002, I migrated to Europe in 2010. I come from a region riddled with war, where democracy struggles to put down roots, where truth holds many masks, where the bonds of friendships and families runs strong, where distrust runs deep, where freedom is a word written on a wall.
And today one of the biggest concerns we share in Europe is the migrant issue. Migrants come in strength and number, knowing not what the future holds, but with a deep belief of hope for a better future. Europe embraces us, fears us, threatens us, loves us… Together we will face many challenges, hopefully learn from each other and evolve. There is so much to learn from one another, if we are prepared to see. This brings me back to Rumi’s wisdom of walking slowly and consistently, learning from each other, taking time on the journey.
And for our SIETAR Europa community, I feel it is also our time to be part of this journey, to examine our role, not only in the bigger picture of Europe but also within our own community, consolidating our values, mission and vision and finding a unified voice. I hope we can continue this journey together, it might at times be too slow for many of us but hopefully it will be consistent. In this same light, I look forward to working closely with our new Board, our diverse and active members and each national SIETAR in order to understand our different needs and priorities and how we can move forward one step at a time.
As a final word, I would personally like to thank Claude Bourgeois, the past SIETAR Europa President, although it was a short presidency, I greatly admire and commend her passion, commitment and energy to SIETAR.
With warmth and light,
Pari Namazie, PhD
President of SIETAR Europa
(originally published 15 June 2015)
We heard today that Maria Jicheva passed away this weekend of the cancer she had been struggling with such courage and dignity, without moaning, showing or complaining; with so much courage that to some of us, unaware of the suffering she has been facing, so fiercely hidden behind her smile, her warmth, in Tallinn and elsewhere, Her much too early departure comes as real shock, and unprepared as we were will take time to realize.
Our deep sympathy goes to her daughter, her family, her friends and her colleagues. We share your grief and your sorrow.
Our sympathy goes to Francien from the Netherlands, to Alexander from Germany who were Presidents of SIETAR Europa just before and just after: SIETAR Presidents work hand in hand and they did, in the three years she served as Sietar Europa President from 2004 to 2007 : “She was a very remarkable person, a good friend and a reliable, motivating and inspiring colleague to many of us. And yes, the “Queen of Diplomacy” was a title she truly deserved”
The Queen of Diplomacy, thus she will be remembered. Please be assured that we DO share your grief.
Our sympathy goes to our and her colleagues, our and her so many friends from Sofia and from SIETAR Bulgaria, she was such a very active contributor and president; and to her colleagues in the UK where she had recently settled.
Our sympathy also goes to the many Sietarians from all over who worked shared, built with Maria – “She was so generous, so inspiring” – contributed to her many a project, adding stepping stones together to a better understanding and to higher respect of mankind.
PEACE be with her!
Claude Bourgeois, Sietar Europa President
**A collection is being organized for the funeral. The very numerous portraits and messages we receive from all over Europe will be gathered into a memory booklet for her family to keep.
(originally published May 2015)
We would like to publish a letter from Mieke Janssen-Matthes, co-founder and first president of SIETAR Europa who recently celebrated her birthday:
Dear Mister President of SIETAR-EUROPA, Livingstone Thompson, Hanneke, Saskia, Candela and Manuel,
Your message, your congratulations and all good wishes really touched me. Thank you so much!
It aroused happy thoughts, inspiring memories but most of all it reminded me of the unity, good will and enthusiasm, so ingrained in this non-governmental society for education, training and research in Europe. You begin meeting colleagues, you end leaving friends!
May this congress manage to keep up the “good work”, showing how original grass- roots organizations might be exemplary!
May the exchange of knowledge, of care and problem solving be a joy to you all.
I considered participating, but my health keeps me home, hopefully preparing me for the next decade!
Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner, hopefully looking forward to the next conference!
Please, forward my warm greetings to all SIETARIANS, old and new.
Let me end with the Vera Lynn’s song:
“We’ll meet again,
don’t know where,
don’t know when,
some happy day!”
Many, Many thanks.
Mieke M.E. Janssen-Matthes,
Co-creator and First President of SIETAR-Europa
(originally published May 2015)
Dr Livingstone Thompson, President of SIETAR Europa (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research), has been recently interviewed by UIA (Union of International Associations) on the upcoming SIETAR Europa Congress in Valencia. The interview is featured in their May 5th issue. You can read the interview by clicking here
(first published December 2014)
Dear SIETAR Colleagues,
The lights of the Christians’ Christmas celebrations, as do the festivals of lights in other religious traditions like Jain and Hinduism, remind us of the stories of new life, triumph and new beginnings that have been preserved in the world’s cultural traditions. The stories are told and re-told as each generation tries to find new answers for old questions and pose new questions as they search for new situations.
SIETAR Europa is also aware of its own cultural stories and as 2015 comes within our gaze, we are seeking new narratives to refresh the cultural paradigms. Global and regional changes, as changes in local communities, challenge us to find new answers to old questions of culture, cultural interaction and intercultural communication
The search for new stories, new theories and cutting edge practices in the intercultural field, which is the thematic idea underlying the congress to be held in Valencia May 21-23, 2015, is also a search for new ways of being intercultural and relevant in a world that is irretrievably diverse. Further information can be found on the congress webpage here: http://archives.sietareu.org/seucongress2015, registration is already open.
SIETAR Europa, as a leading intercultural organisation, treats the grasp for new cultural paradigms as an imperative, which is also reflected in the current process to realise a new mission and vision leading towards 2025.
As 2014 ends and as we awake to the hope and excitement of 2015, we praise the commitment of our Board of Directors, executives and working committees, whose tireless efforts gave a fresh impulse to our work. Our zeal and drive cannot slacken in the New Year.
The new vision and mission leading to 2025, the new theories and ideas for new practice emerging from the May 21-23 congress and the inauguration of a new president and Board are some of the exciting things to expect in 2015.
President, SIETAR Europa
(originally published July 2014)
It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the recent passing of Maura Gallagher. She is seen below (standing in white jacket) with Alice Davis (seated), Acting President of SIETAR Ireland.
Maura was a long-standing member of SIETAR Europa and was instrumental in introducing many people in Ireland and the UK to SIETAR. She was a founding member of SIETAR Ireland. Maura died in Ireland on July 27, 2014 and was buried a few days later. We honour her memory with appreciation for the contribution she made to SIETAR.
(originally published May 2014)
The UN World Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue, May 21, is a reminder to us that developing education and intercultural skills to sustain the diversity and strengthen harmony of societies is a challenge that still lies before us. For this reason SIETAR Europa, as part of its commitment to intercultural values, has made renewing paradigms of culture and diversity a thematic focus for the coming twelve months. The next SIETAR Europa congress, which will be held in Valencia, Spain on May 20-24, 2015 under that theme, will therefore be a way to observe the 2015 World Day of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue. SIETAR Europa invites you to join us in Refreshing the Cultural Paradigm.
President of SIETAR Europa
(originally published December 2013) – Winds of Change
Dear SIETAR Colleagues,
As we approach a New Year I would like to share with you what is happening in SIETAR Europa and
to invite you to play your part in raising our organisation to a new level of excellence in the
In Europe, as elsewhere, winds of change are blowing and we must unfurl our sails to take advantage
of them. This may mean leaving sheltering practices and structures that we have relied on until now,
which may no longer serve us well as we sail into the uncharted waters of a global tide of change.
As a step toward more efficient and smarter ways of working, SIETAR Europa will engage an
Executive Officer in January 2014. This step is designed to ensure that we:
- Strengthen SIETAR Europa’s public image and develop a professional brand that people
across Europe will recognize and be keen to associate with.
- Create and commit to a vision and implement strategic plans that will grow the organization
and establish it internationally as the leader in intercultural education, training and research.
- Increase membership involvment and grow local and national SIETAR organisations that are
at the heart of the vitality and sustainability of the entire SIETAR movement.
Taking advantage of the winds of change also means strengthening our capacity to work virtually.
We will launch a SIETAR Europa virtual meeting platform in January to support the activities of the
working committees and the Board of Directors. These working committees have targets to meet and
results to deliver in the areas of communication and social media, publication and research, grants and
projects, membership events, finance and development, as well as planning our next congress in 2015.
Desire for greater global collaboration is gathering momentum in conversations between SIETARs
in Europe, USA, Japan, Brazil, British Columbia Argentina, Australia, Arabia and Young SIETAR.
This surging tide of global networking will lift all the national and local boats in the SIETAR fleet!
SIETAR Europa’s immediate critical challenge is to clearly define itself and its vision towards 2020.
The first in a series of strategic meetings to explore our future directions will be held in February,
facilitated by our Finance and Development Committee. Follow-up steps will be taken at the Board
meeting in Madrid, March 6-9.
We eagerly view the New Year as an occasion for change, for fresh vision and for new
accomplishments. To make the most of these opportunities, we need creative, innovative and
energetic minds and willing hands. We need your input. We need you. Please make it your resolve for
2014 to communicate your ideas and needs, to volunteer your available time and energy to your local
SIETAR organization, to the work of SIETAR Europa and its Committees. (Committees are listed at
http://www.sietareu.org/what-is-sietar/committees). We encourage you to participate actively in the
discussions in our various SIETAR online networks.
Join us for an exciting and productive year!
Livingstone Thompson, PhD
President, SIETAR Europa
(first published December 2013)
Dear SIETAR Colleagues,
As we approach a New Year I would like to share with you what is happening in SIETAR Europa and to invite you to play your part in raising our organisation to a new level of excellence in the intercultural field.
In Europe, as elsewhere, winds of change are blowing and we must unfurl our sails to take advantage of them. This may mean leaving sheltering practices and structures that we have relied on until now, which may no longer serve us well as we sail into the uncharted waters of a global tide of change.
As a step toward more efficient and smarter ways of working, SIETAR Europa will engage an Executive Officer in January 2014. This step is designed to ensure that we:
- Strengthen SIETAR Europa’s public image and develop a professional brand that people across Europe will recognize and be keen to associate with.
- Create and commit to a vision and implement strategic plans that will grow the organization and establish it internationally as the leader in intercultural education, training and research.
- Increase membership involvment and grow local and national SIETAR organisations that are at the heart of the vitality and sustainability of the entire SIETAR movement.
Taking advantage of the winds of change also means strengthening our capacity to work virtually. We will launch a SIETAR Europa virtual meeting platform in January to support the activities of the working committees and the Board of Directors. These working committees have targets to meet and results to deliver in the areas of communication and social media, publication and research, grants and projects, membership events, finance and development, as well as planning our next congress in 2015.
Desire for greater global collaboration is gathering momentum in conversations between SIETARs in Europe, USA, Japan, Brazil, British Columbia Argentina, Australia, Arabia and Young SIETAR. This surging tide of global networking will lift all the national and local boats in the SIETAR fleet!
SIETAR Europa’s immediate critical challenge is to clearly define itself and its vision towards 2020. The first in a series of strategic meetings to explore our future directions will be held in February, facilitated by our Finance and Development Committee. Follow-up steps will be taken at the Board meeting in Madrid, March 6-9.
We eagerly view the New Year as an occasion for change, for fresh vision and for new accomplishments. To make the most of these opportunities, we need creative, innovative and energetic minds and willing hands. We need your input. We need you. Please make it your resolve for 2014 to communicate your ideas and needs, to volunteer your available time and energy to your local SIETAR organization, to the work of SIETAR Europa and its Committees. (Committees are listed at http://archives.sietareu.org/what-is-sietar/committees ). We encourage you to participate actively in the discussions in our various SIETAR online networks.
Join us for an exciting and productive year!
Livingstone Thompson, PhD
President, SIETAR Europa
(first published April 2013)
A while ago, I sat in the audience and watched as my business partner took to the stage in Dublin for the first time after his double-by-pass heart operation. As keynote speaker for an entrepreneur’s conference, he strode on with pride and passion and immediately fell to the floor – then stayed there…
With heart in my mouth and berating myself for letting him take on this assignment, I rose to help him up. Suddenly, he began speaking, grinned at his audience and then at me.
“Did I stay down too long?” he asked.
His speech highlighted that many of us, when we fall down, stay down too long licking our wounds. With the European economy continuing to flat-line, many of us have probably taken knock-backs. The important thing is to get up and go again. Speak to any successful entrepreneur and the message is ‘keep on keeping on’ – persistence.
It’s a tough call being successful. But, as interculturalists, you have all the tools and techniques needed to help other people and organisations be successful; and so ensuring yours. The mission of the intercultural field is to foster mutual understanding, promote learning, facilitate effective communication, which ultimately helps create peace and rapport in the face of ignorance, fear, and hatred. Our skills are needed everywhere and in every walk of life.
Our job, as an organisation is to help you stay at the top of your game and be ever more relevant to the world in which you work. To this end we are widening the scope and breadth of the Tallinn Congress to ensure your relevance, as a leader in our field, in today’s world. As I write, the SIETAR Europa Board and a whole host of volunteers are pulling out all the stops to make this an exceptional congress that you will want to attend.
We look forward to seeing you in September in Tallinn. In the meantime, take some time today to think about what it is that you can best offer those in the world around you. Your success comes through helping others achieve their aims. And remember, success is not a race… you just have to stick at it.
Best wishes for 2013
Deborah Swalllow, DBA