• Listening – the key to compromise

    Listening is one of the most underrated and undervalued skills. But when it comes to cross-cultural communication, it's absolutely critical. If you are having a moment of misunderstanding or miscommunication with someone else, the only...
    Monday, March 6th, 2017
  • Lamb, Australia Day and Hot Potatoes

    Image Source: Damien Kuhn (Unsplash) Australia Day (26 January) always causes a bit of controversy. We love our country, but we've also got some dark, awful moments in our history - and even in the...
    Monday, January 16th, 2017
  • 4 more random items I learnt from Professor Gillian Triggs

    Hard to get a good photo in lecture theatre...or at least that's my excuse! I couldn't really fit these into my last blog post, but I wanted to mention them anyways. They are completely random,...
    Tuesday, October 27th, 2015
  • The Business of Human Rights

    On 17 September I attended a public lecture at Macquarie University by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. It was an education - not only from the facts I learnt about...
    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
  • 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 4: “Us” vs “Them”

    The ol' "Us Versus Them" theory is one of the oldest in the book...of Modern History and Politics anyway :-) If you do these subjects at university you are bound to come across this concept...
    Monday, January 19th, 2015
  • What's good about cultural diversity?

    I'm currently working on a training session that I'll be running in a couple of weeks. I've been asked to specifically talk about appreciating cultural diversity. So I've started compiling a list of what the...
    Friday, February 7th, 2014
  • Some positive news?

    Lately in the news there have been many negative stories about different cultures colliding. For example, the American beauty pageant winner who was accused of not being American enough because of her Indian heritage. Or...
    Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
  • The tension of identity

    This morning I came across this article:http://www.news.com.au/sport/cricket/cricketer-fawad-ahmed-unfazed-by-shirt-sponsor-furore-says-team-mate/story-fndpt0dy-1226714507326To me, it highlights one of the biggest tensions that comes from a person moving from one culture to another. How much of their original identity do they keep?...
    Saturday, September 7th, 2013