• Happy Harmony Day!

    Harmony Day, 21 March, is an Australian initiative to celebrate the diversity in our communities. I like the name, because just like an orchestra, it takes all sorts of instruments to make a spectacular sound....ok...
    Monday, March 20th, 2017
  • 100 Cross-Cultural Posts!

    WOW! Time to celebrate! 🎉 This post is my 100th post on Collaborative Bridges! Image Source: Luca Upper (Unsplash) That's 100 cross-cultural tips, thoughts, musings, articles and more. THANK YOU to everyone who reads my posts...
    Monday, January 23rd, 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
  • Cool Non-English Words #4 Hygge

    When you start learning a new language, you very quickly discover there are words in other languages that have no exact translation in English (or your own mother-tongue). This series explores those linguistic novelties.... #4...
    Monday, December 26th, 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
  • Cross-Cultural Festivals – do they work? (feat. Africultures Festival)

    My husband and I attended the Africultures Festival for the first time this year. It was a ridiculously hot day, but we were excited to do something different on a weekend. Colourful, sunny - but...
    Monday, April 4th, 2016
  • Entering a cross-cultural group for the first time

    When I used to participate in a course that trained people in interpersonal skills, the first unit was always "Entering a Group for the First Time." It was about how we all have similar feelings...
    Saturday, February 27th, 2016
  • Dunbar’s number and cross-cultural ponderings

    Robin Dunbar is a renowned anthropologist. I was introduced to his most famous concept last year and it has been on my mind for a while. In essence, he hypothesised that people will tend to...
    Monday, January 18th, 2016
  • Go Iceland!

    I usually try to keep politics out of this blog - I'm not sure why. I guess partly because I know a lot of cross-cultural issues can be hot potatoes and I see a lot...
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
  • Peace on Earth

    My country has been rocked by tragedy in the past week. The Martin Place siege in Sydney where a hostage situation ended in the death of two innocent lives, then hearing of 140 or so...
    Saturday, December 20th, 2014