Book: “Feeling Italian” by SIETAR Italia

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 (hand numbered limited edition, section sewn binding 20 x 20 cm) which costs 25 Euro (excluded shipping costs outside Italy) contact project@feelingitalian-sietar.it

For more information visit SIETAR Italia’s website.


Congratulations to our colleagues from SIETAR Italia,
The SIETAR Europa Communication Committee


SEU Journal December 2019

The December 2019 – February 2020 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download.

 

Dear Sietarians,

In this issue, you will find:

  • three articles about the Italian culture as seen and felt by different expatriates and how Italy has transformed their outlook in life
  • an interview with Tamara Thorpe, the newly elected President of SIETAR Europa. Her dynamic personality and perspective of the intercultural community provides for a very lively talk
  • Milton Bennett writes an interesting interpretation of power and how we use it towards our leaders and our social activities

 

Enjoy the reading.

The SIETAR Europa Board

Claude Bourgeois passes away

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


Book Reviews (from archive)

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).

Book Reviews

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

Links and Partners (from archive)

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
Organisations
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 diversophy@gmail.com

Other discussion groups

General intercultural sites
Blog
  • Class Blog: a site that encourages educational blogging and explains the value it has for teachers and students

 

Free Tools and Materials (from archive)

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.

 

Teaching Diversity

Exercises and simulations, focus on course organization and classroom teaching.

https://www.uww.edu/learn/improving/aboutdiversity/approachdiversity/exercisessimulations

 

Culturosity

Provides articles, online resources, books and guides. This site was founded by Kate Berardo, active committee member of SIETAR Europa.

http://www.culturosity.com/

 

Culture Matters – Trainer’s Guide

http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/interactives/culture-matters-workbook/

 

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.

http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/HelloInDifferentLanguages.html

 

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.

http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/NameStory.html

 

Have you ever?

Active, fun group activity to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of people’s past experiences. Works well with large groups.

http://wilderdom.com/games/descriptions/HaveYouEver.html

 

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.

http://wilderdom.com/personality/intelligenceCulturalBias.html

 

Diversity Activities for youth & adults

Seven (7) different activities

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/ui335.pdf

 

Country Etiquettes Guides

Various countries listed, including language, useful phrases, society, culture, business and social etiquettes

http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/country-profiles.html

 

CultureDude

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.

http://www.culturedude.com

 

Country Insights

Learn about the cultures of almost any country. Provides free information on history, culture, economy, media and links to more information.

http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/countryinsights-apercuspays-eng.asp

 

Games & Activities for teaching ESL

100+ activities which can be used with adults and children who are learning a second language.

http://iteslj.org/games/

 

CultureMee app

A free app which explains culture for students, expats, refugees and business people. Available on Android and Apple.

http://www.culturemee.com/

 

Cultural Intelligence

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.

SEU Journal September 2019

The September – November 2019 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download.

 

Dear Sietarians,

In this issue, you will find:

  • a lively interview of Mithun Mridha, an outstanding character who is attempting to change lives by combining different facets of Indian philosophy and intercultural communication
  • a report about Ida Castiglioni’s work on how Italian homestead families are not interculturally prepared to receive international students and led to a major change in the conception of exchange programs
  • Richard Lewis’ personal report and insights onto the newly formed SIETAR Russia

Enjoy the read!

SEU Journal June 2019

The June – August 2019 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download.

In this issue, you will find:

  • a fascinating look into the American mindset as well as that of Donald Trump as seen by Canadian physician and trauma expert Gabor Maté, who explains the intertwining dynamics of discontent and unconscious emotions
  • an interview of Eva Röttgers, an intercultural trainer and coach, who uses the Gestalt approach in helping companies generate holistic, sustainable development in an increasing disruptive world
  • cultural neuroscientist Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai clarifies the latest studies on brain plasticity and evolutionary biology that suggest that we all can minimize subconscious gender bias

Enjoy the read!

April 2019: Change management

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!

SEU Journal March 2019

 

The March – May 2019 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download. In this issue, you will find:
  • an interview of Franck Scola, member of SIETAR France and a specialist of childhood bilingualism. He provides us with an absorbing overview on how identity and language acquisition in early life go hand-in-hand.
  • how Canada has been attempting to create a unified, bilingual nation through early language training. The different methods applied have given us insights on what really works in mastering a foreign language
  • our Canadian correspondent Dan MacLeod writes a French-English parable, offering an excellent example of how Canadas efforts to generate bilingualism can work.

Enjoy the read!
 

The Intercultural Training Tool Kit

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

.com .de .co.uk

The Intercultural Cookbook

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.

SEU Journal December 2018

The December 2018 – February 2019 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download. In this issue, you will find:
  • 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.
Enjoy the read!

SEU Journal September 2018

The September – November 2018 issue of the Sietar Europa Journal is now available. Click here to download. In this issue, you will find:
  • 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.
Enjoy the read!

SEU Journal June 2018

  • 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!

General Assembly Meeting 2018

(originally published 5 May 2018)

SIETAR Europa General Assembly Meeting 2018

7 June, 7 PM (CET)  – Virtual meeting

Please click here for announcement.

Invitation with joining instructions was emailed to members on 31 May 2018.

SEU Journal March 2018

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.

President’s Greeting 2018

(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.

I want to thank Dr. Pari Namazie, as she steps down as President, for leading SIETAR Europa with such skill, dedication and charm to overcome the challenges faced and to strengthen the organisation we see today. I will endeavour to continue her excellent work, though she is a hard act to follow! I am also grateful to Linda Vignac for undertaking to stay on as Treasurer until after the next AGM, and to Hanneke Brakenhoff for taking on the role of Vice-President. Their experience and expertise will be invaluable. I look forward to continuing to work with SIETAR Europa’s Board. Over the past two years it has been a pleasure working with this pan-European group in my role as SIETAR UK president. During this time (unlike some other British institutions!)  there has been a deepening of the UK’s ties to Europe, with all the different perspectives, creativity and fun which that brings.

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.

Joyce Jenkins
President SIETAR Europa

President’s New Years Message 2018

(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.

Warm wishes,
Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

General Assembly Meeting 2017

(originally published 25 March 2017)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

May 26, 2017 at 18:00 GMT

 

We are pleased to invite you to a General Assembly meeting on Friday 26 May 2017, in Dublin from 18:00-19:30 GMT. The General Assembly will be held in:

Room 218
St Patrick’s Campus
Dublin City University
Drumcondra
Dublin 9

Please note, this General Assembly will be held face to face as part of the Dublin congress. We will do our best to offer the possibility of virtual attendance. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please find below all the files relating to the General Assembly. These include:

 

According to the Statutes of SIETAR Europa: All members (full and honorary members) shall have one vote in the General Assembly. The quorum for the General Assembly shall be 25% of the total membership unless stated differently in these statutes. If a quorum is not present, then a second meeting may be called in which no quorum is required. Decisions are taken by simple majority of the voting members present or represented by proxy unless stated differently in these statutes. The cast valid votes count. Abstentions are counted as spoiled/invalid.

If you can’t attend and vote, you can download the proxy form, fill it in and return it to us to appoint a proxy.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin and to meeting you at the General Assembly!

Warm wishes,

The SIETAR Europa Board

President’s New Years Message 2017

(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!

Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

General Assembly Meeting 2016

(announcement originally published 8 April 2016)

(minutes of GAM originally published 22 August 2016 – click here)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

June 09th, 2016 at 18:00 CET

 

Notice is hereby given of the convening of the SIETAR Europa General Assembly, which will take place on Thursday June 09th, 2016, starting at 18:00 CET. The meeting will be held using our ZOOM platform, for which the log in details will be sent later.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum
  2. Acceptance of last minutes
  3. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2015 and introduction of projects in the upcoming period (e.g. re-structuring of SIETAR Europa, Congress)
  4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2015. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2015
  5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2016
  6. Presentation & Approval of Budget for 2016
  7. Other business

President’s New Years Message 2016

(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!

Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

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President’s Welcome – October 2015

(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

Maria Jicheva passes away

(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.

Letter from Mieke Janssen-Matthes, Co-founder and first President of SIETAR Europa

(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

Livingstone Thompson interviewed by the UIA

(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

General Assembly Meeting 2015

(announcement originally published 2 April 2015)
(minutes of GAM originally published 20 October 2015 – click here)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

April 22, 2015 at 19:00 CET

 

Notice is hereby given of the convening of the SIETAR Europa AGM, which will take place on Wednesday April 22nd, 2015, starting at 19:00 CET. 

The meeting will be held using the Gotomeeting online platform:

1. Link to the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/598820693

2. Please use your microphone and (VoIP). You can also participate by phone:
France: +33 (0) 182 880 780
Germany: +49 (0) 692 5736 7211
Irleland: +353 (0) 15 290 180
Italy: +39 0 699 26 68 58
Netherlands: +31 (0) 208 908 267
Austria: +43 (0) 7 2088 0034
Switzerland +41 (0) 435 0006 96
Spain: +34 911 23 0850
UK: +44 (0) 20 3713 5028

PIN-Code: 598-820-693

Meeting-ID: 598-820-693

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

AGENDA :

1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum

2. Acceptance of last minutes and appointment of minute Committee

3. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2014 and introduction of the new Directors.

4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2014. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2014

5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2015

6. Presentation & Approval of Budget for 2015

7. Other business

 

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Saskia Lackner 

SIETAR Europa board secretary

 

PROXY

For representation at the SIETAR Europa General Assembly

The undersigned appoints …………………….…… as proxy, with full power of substitution, to represent the undersigned at the General Assembly of SIETAR Europa to be held on April 22nd, 2015 and at any adjournments of the meeting, and to vote as specified in this proxy.

 

Dated ………………………………………… Signed ………………………………………

Please send it back by email to office@sietar-europa.org

President’s Letter 2015

(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.

Yours,

Livingstone Thompson
President, SIETAR Europa


Maura Gallagher passes away

(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.

 

President’s message for 2014 UN World Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue

(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.

Livingstone Thompson
President of SIETAR Europa

General Assembly Meeting 2014

(originally published June 2014)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

June 16, 2014 at 19:00 CET

AGENDA:

1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum

2. Acceptance of last minutes and appointment of minute Committee

3. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2013 and introduction of the new Directors.

4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2013. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2013

5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2014

6. Presentation of Budget for 2014

7. Report on what comes next

8. Approval Budget 2014

9. Any other business

10. Closure

You can download a copy of the President’s report by clicking here.

To download the minutes of the AGM, please click here.

President’s New Years Message 2014

(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
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://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!

Yours,
Livingstone Thompson, PhD
President, SIETAR Europa

President’s Letter 2014

(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!

Yours,

Livingstone Thompson, PhD
President, SIETAR Europa

 


 

General Assembly Meeting 2013

(originally published April 2013)

 

SIETAR Europa General Assembly

Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CEST

During this SIETAR Europa webinar you will receive the report of the SE Board from the President, Deborah Swallow and Treasurer, Irina Budrina

AGENDA:

  1. Election of auditors for the minutes of the General Assembly
  2. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2011-2012 and introduction of the new Directors.
  3. Approval of the auditors for the accounts of 2011 and 2012
  4. Report of the auditors for the accounts of 2011 and 2012
  5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2013
  6. Approval of the financial reports and the budget
    • approval of 2011 and 2012 account
    • approval of 2013 budget
  7. Report on the progress of Congress preparation in Tallinn
  8. Future visions and strategies of SIETAR EUROPA
  9. Miscellaneous

President’s Letter 2013

(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

Debby
Deborah Swalllow, DBA