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
President's Letter for 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
SIETAR Europa – General Assembly Meeting 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
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 accounts
- approval of 2013 budget
7. Report on the progress of Congress preparation in Tallinn
8. Future visions and strategies of SIETAR EUROPA
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