• You can’t practise swimming without water

    Hofstede, the infamous grandfather of cross-cultural studies, said, "Studying culture without experiencing culture shock is like practising swimming without water." I think this guy tried to swim without water....Image Source: Gratisography Usually we think of culture...
    Monday, April 24th, 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
  • 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
  • 3 Quick Questions for Overseas Visitors

    When you meet someone from overseas, here are 3 quick questions you can ask them to improve your cross-cultural awareness (and build a collaborative bridge with them!): 1) What do you like about {country} so...
    Monday, November 21st, 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Beginning at the end

    When you travel overseas there is a decent amount of preparation to do. It can include booking flights, passports, visas, injections, packing, learning a bit of the language, researching the culture, knowing what electrical sockets...
    Sunday, January 31st, 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
  • 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