• Don’t let a good crisis go to waste

    The title of today's blog post is one of my favourite quotes at the moment - and one I think the world needs more than ever. If you have a look at the news on...
    Monday, May 1st, 2017
  • Cleanliness is next to…?

    When thinking about cross-cultural communication, I bet you don't think "how clean are they?" or "how clean am I?"...and if you do, that's....unusual 😉 BUT concepts of cleanliness can have an impact on communication in...
    Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • Would you go without a camera?

    I was recently chatting with a friend about the challenges of affluent countries sending volunteers to not-so-affluent countries. Out of that I heard one of the best lines I've come across in a while... Would...
    Monday, November 7th, 2016
  • Make people nameless to fix discrimination?

    Waleed Aly won the Gold Logie last week. He is definitely one of my favourite TV personalities - I appreciate his cut-through, intellectual, smattered-with-humour style on hot topics. Source: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/05/09/gold-logie-winner-waleed-aly-speaks-out When he won the award, his...
    Monday, May 16th, 2016
  • Voluntourism Part 6: And now for some positives

    In this series I want to explore both the positive and the negative sides of voluntourism. Today is a focus on the positive - how voluntourism works to build bridges between cultures. Source: http://www.discprofiles4u.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DiSC-Assessment-Test.jpg For...
    Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
  • Voluntourism Part 4b – As I was saying…

    Following on from my last post where I concluded that we need to be more purposeful about promoting cross-cultural understanding and not presuming it will come by default from visiting other countries... I then heard...
    Friday, January 23rd, 2015
  • What will it take to stop history repeating itself?

    With the escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, yet again, in recent weeks, it makes you wonder-what would it take for real peace to be realised in this situation? I've seen news articles recounting how the...
    Monday, July 14th, 2014