• Happy International Literacy Day!

    Today (8 September) is International Literacy Day! Photo by Philip Strong on Unsplash This is an initiative of the UN to celebrate progress in improving literacy rates, as well as look at areas that still need to be...
    Thursday, September 7th, 2017
  • Time for our pollies to embrace the multicultural heritage they support

    The past few weeks in Australia have seen numerous politicians being brought into the political firing line because they discovered they had dual citizenship with other countries. As per Section 44 (i) of the Constitution,...
    Thursday, August 17th, 2017
  • “Where are you from?”

    "It's complicated." That's an answer that is becoming more frequent in our globalised world. Many people are born in one country, grow up in another, then move to yet another in their adult life -...
    Monday, April 10th, 2017
  • Why “Dos & Don’ts” need an update

    Have you ever looked up a list of cultural rules for going overseas and thought, "isn't this just stereotpying?"  I personally think it's about time these typical "Dos and Don'ts" lists had an update. The...
    Monday, November 14th, 2016
  • Biodiversity and Culture

    This is a proud sister post :-) One of my brothers is studying his PhD and in amongst his regular research, he recently co-published a paper on how culture impacts levels of biodiversity conservation spending. ...
    Monday, October 24th, 2016
  • Inspiring Ted Talk – Reading the World

    Today I just wanted to share an awesome Ted Talk I came across. Ann Morgan thought she was "well read." But she looked at her bookshelf one day to realise she had only read US...
    Monday, March 14th, 2016
  • The meaning of “partnership”

    In our globalised world, there are many partnerships that are formed between companies and organisations from different cultures. This comes with many benefits, but also some challenges. One of those is that of partnership. Partnership...
    Sunday, February 7th, 2016
  • Is it ever ok to be un-Australian…un-American, un-German, un-Japanese, un-(fill-in-the-blank) etc?

    "It's un-Australian." "If we let all these migrants in, what will happen to our way of life?" "We have to protect our culture." The above sentiments have been expressed many times in Australia and globally...
    Friday, November 13th, 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 9: Wrapping it up…for now

    This series on voluntourism on my blog has been interesting for me to write...hopefully it has been interesting for someone to read too! To share some final thoughts on the topic (for now), I want...
    Monday, September 14th, 2015