Smash your Preconceptions: Facebook “Friends” can be Real!
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What, really, is a “Friend?” I have 1,770 friends on Facebook right now. This is not bragging, it’s just what is. What does this tell you about me? You might … Read More

What Happened When the World Came for Thanksgiving
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My living room transformed into a mini-UN for Thanksgiving a couple years ago. Irfan sat across from me on our “Thanksgiving Eve” international dinner. We had planned a small group, … Read More

How to Become a Natural at Crossing Cultures
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Becoming A Natural…When I Wasn’t At First Just this morning I took a moment to review my week. I gave some good thought to how I had spent my time. … Read More

How To Change A Life: Pay Good Attention
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Sometimes, we simply need to pay good attention to the people around us. If we do, we might even change a life. A Simple, But True, Story Damon and Sara … Read More

How To Make Small Gestures Count For Good
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Never underestimate the value of small gestures when you are relating cross-culturally. I learned this lesson well in my relationship with my Lebanese friend, Daria. We began our relationship through … Read More

Can You Be An Intercultural Expert? Start With Your Heart!
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It all starts with the heart. Understanding others who differ from us – across cultures, ethnicities, race, religion and any number of other potential “divides” –  is often a function … Read More

Let’s Not Forget What America Is All About: Immigrants!
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Sometimes we forget how America came to be. Ours is a nation of immigrants. As we headed up the hill on our hike, my American friend Shari told me of … Read More

You Can Travel The World Right At Home
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What is the key to living out a truly global mindset at home? No question, sometimes it can be easy to get so caught up in the demands of our … Read More

The Secret’s In The Kimchi: Korean Democracy & Prosperity
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I couldn’t believe I was sitting across from a top Korean government official. But there sat Yuna, my friend from 10 years ago, looking bright as ever. We were attempting … Read More

Eye-Opening Ways To Communicate Good In The World
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While traveling through East Asia recently, there were so many times when I wanted to communicate good. But I’d immediately come up against my own limitations. This is no surprise; … Read More

Febbiante Kore: What Will She Grow Up To Be?
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Next month we’ll visit Indonesia, an archipelago of over 18,000 islands with quite an interesting amalgam of peoples, religions, and languages. It’s been almost 30 years since we last visited. And … Read More

Why Global Competence Should Matter To You
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Over 30 years ago I first started paying attention to the world. Now it’s time we all do. This is called “global competence.” You see, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and … Read More

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