- Pop Culturosity Watch
month, we highlight the initiatives of some organization, website,
media program, or company that is making a difference in society and
helping in our mission to make global awareness mainstream.
The Glossary of Happiness This article from the New Yorker highlights hard to translate concepts related to happiness from cultures across the globe. Expand your definition of happiness (and global understanding) with this article.
Atlas of Emotions Understanding your own and others emotions is a critical part of working effectively across cultures and difference. Ekmans' work on mapping emotions offers a provocative, illuminating, and educational glimpse into the world of our emotions.
Smart Earpiece Language Translator Waverly Labs is piloting a new technology that is an earpiece that automatically translates languages. It's like an interpreter in your ear. Put in your earbud, hand over another to the other individual, and begin exchanging.
Negotiation Styles Around the World It's highly simplified and generalized, but an interesting visual look at how communication styles may vary across cultures. View its contents lightly versus prescriptively, but it can be an interesting thought starter to differences in communication style.
Understanding Transition Stress Learn about the 5Rs of Culture Change and how to best prepare for intercultural (and other) transitions.
InspirED Emotional intelligence is at the heart of being successful interacting across cultures, and that's what InspirED is all about. This site, which was created in a partnership between Yale and Facebook, offers a suite of exercises, tools, and good thinking to help students and people develop their emotional intelligence.
Great Leaders Can Think Like Each Member of Their Team Ever heard of a multivocal leader? This article highlights how leaders who are successful across cultures develop the ability to think and communicate like different members of their team.
Cultural Differences Are More Complicated than What Country You’re From A great article that encourages people to take a more nuanced look at understanding cultural differences.
Getting to Si, Ja, Oui, Hai, and Da An in-depth look at how negotiation varies across cultures.
Not-so-happy Returns A revealing article that looks at the challenges of returning from expatriate assignments and the need for more companies to better support their executives during these transitions.
How to Speak So Others Want to Listen. A great summary of toxic types of communication that break down understanding, as well as tips to make yourself better understood and listened to.
Polycultural Psychology This solid article highlights the need to move from stereotypical generalizations about cultural differences to a much more rich and complex understanding of cultures. It argues that we need to change the way we think about culture from being the software of the mind to realizing we have multiple 'apps' running simultaneously that influence us.
40 Maps that Explain the World This article, for the visually oriented, depicts the world via forty fascinating maps. It looks at everything from most racially tolerant and most diverse to where people most feel loved.
Culture at Work This video highlights the importance of intercultural skills in the workplace. It's based on the findings from a study conducted by the British Council, Booz Allen Hamilton and Ipsos Public Affairs, of HR managers at 367 large employers in nine countries.
Flags via Food Slightly irreverent, certainly entertaining, these creatives help people remember both the flags and the cuisine of several countries. A fun way to learn.
Racism is Real This powerful three minute video highlights the various ways in which black people face bias in the US. These statistics cannot be ignored.
17 Things that Change Forever when you Live Abroad A great blog piece on the positive and sometimes challenging implications of living abroad. A great read both for those who know this reality and for others seeking to better stand the life of others.
When Crossing Cultures, Use Global Dexterity Knowing about cultural differences is one thing, but translating this into effective action is a whole other. Enter global dexterity: the ability to effectively navigate in different cultural contexts. This great article by HBR brings to life the challenges and applications of global dexterity. A good read.
Where Some See Barriers, We See Bridges HSBC coins itself as the world's local bank. And if you'd done much global travel, you'll be familiar with their jetway ads which highlight different perspectives held across cultures. Here HSBC highlights some of the challenges they know exist working across cultures, and how to bridge them.
For More Tolerance we Need More Tourism A short and powerful Ted Talk focusing on how travel (the kind focused on connecting, not documenting being at different sights) can be a powerful tool in breaking down hate and misunderstanding.
The 6 Competencies Global Leaders Need to Succeed A solid study looking at the behaviors of top executives who succeed leading at a global level.
World's Top Languages on the Internet A quick look at the most commonly spoken languages around the globe and a good reminder on the power of speaking other languages.
35 Tips on How Not to Offend Your International Business Partners A fun and informative Infographic that provides a handy guide to going global.
Which country does the most good for the world? Simon Anholt's funny and poignant Ted Talk highlights which countries do the most good in this world. His country index is better than the happiest nation index and one we should pay attention to. What's your guess as to which countries top the list?
Not All Passports are Created Equal Ever notice who is being stopped at immigration and who seems to glide through without question? Travel is a luxury, and hassle-free travel is a luxury in a league of its own. This infographic paints an interesting picture of which passports carry the most clout at immigration. Notice any patterns?
Are You a Holistic or a Specific Thinker? This HBR Blog articles highlights the difference between specific and diffuse thinkers, how this varies across cultures, and how this difference can surface in business interactions.
Rice Theory: Why Eastern Cultures Are More Cooperative This article from NPR highlights how one of the most fundamental cultural differences can be tied back to wheat versus rice producing cultures.
How to Say 'This is Crap' in Different Cultures is a great blog post by Erin Meyer of HBR. As the title suggests, she looks at differences in how feedback is given across cultures, and offers clarity around how to interpret different feedback styles you might encounter. Both the post itself and the 300+ comments that follow offer all kinds of gems of insight for working across culture.
Communication Styles Around the World The Singaporean edition of Business Insider has recently featured this work by Richard Lewis, which illustrates different communication and negotiation tendencies across the globe.
Ten Tips for Raising Global Kids There's no better gift in my mind than to help a child foster a global mindset. Even more than in today's world, success in tomorrow's world will depend on it.
The Same But Different This article clearly maps the patterns of work cultures and how they are influenced by the national cultures we grow up in. It offers a great visual look at key differences across cultures.
The Power of Empathy Empathy is a key skills in life, and certainly in working across differences. In this RSA short, Dr Brené Brown speaks about the power of true empathy and how it is fundamentally different from sympathy.
Listening to Global Voices Ethan Zuckerman makes a powerful argument that while technology gives us to the means to connect with different people and perspectives across the globe, we tend to go online and reinforce our views with news sources and other media that reinforces what we already think. I came across this Ted Talk a few years ago and its fundamentally changed how I engage online. Check it out.
Derek Sivers: Weird, or just different? This Ted Talk by Derek Sivers highlights just how relative 'normal' really is. He highlights small but significant differences across cultures to show that even the most basic assumptions we hold as truth may be relative.
Intercultural Development Research Institute. The IDR Institute is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to a constructivist definition of the field of intercultural communication and to support continuing and new research in intercultural development.
40 Maps that Explain the World. As visual creatures, nothing brings to life global trends better than these maps. Maps include where people are most welcoming, where people are most expressive of emotions, and many many more.
Duolingo provides free language learning on the web. It's a win win equation. While you learn a language, you also help translate webpages. Make the web more global as you become globally talented.
Culture Matters Podcast on International Business interviews real people with real stories. Listen and learn from the broad international experience and cultural insights of this podcast's guests.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of more than 700 exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Learn what these global leaders are working on and get involved.
Around the World: TIME for Kids Growing a global mind starts early--and easily thanks to this website. Kids can learn in a creative and interesting way about other cultures. They can explore the daily life and schedule of kids around the globe and learn native lingo. Got kids? Then get them global.
Delta Intercultural Academy acts as a global knowledge and learning community on culture, communication and management in international business. Filled with a robust set of articles, reviews, and other content related to intercultural learning.
CCI Greenheart promotes cultural understanding and global skill building through exchange, travel, and work programs. They enable 10,000 people to move abroad each year. Take a minute to learn more about this organization.
Global Oneness Project is a digital, ad-free, bi-monthly magazine. They have a collection of films, photography, and essays that feature diverse and dynamic voices from around the world.
The Immigrant Advantage is a great new read by award-winning journalist Claudia Kolker. The book explores little-known traditional wisdom, and looks at how in this nation of immigrants our lives can be enriched by the gifts of our newest arrivals.
Moving Around Without Losing Your Roots
is a great article from INSEAD professor Gianpiero Petriglieri about
the wonderful complexity of being a global nomad. For anyone who has
spent time living in other countries, this article is for you.
Verbling enables you
to instantly practice languages with native speakers. Simply put, it
removes many of the barriers to learning a foreign language: time,
cost, and availability. Create an account online and
start your global learning by speaking to someone in another language.
LaughLab was a year
long project that aimed to discover the world’s funniest joke. The
project was set-up in collaboration with The British Science
Association and provides great insight into how humor translates across
culture, or doesn't.
Why America Lacks Global Leaders
is the latest thought-provoking article from Harvard Business Review on
Global Leadership. It looks at the role cultural empathy plays in being
a global leader--and the general scarcity of this trait in the US as
compared to some other nations. HBR's blog on leadership is a
goldmine of insight on global leadership. While you are here, check out
the following additional articles: "The Changing Role of Global
Leaders," "A New Era for Global Leadership Development," and "What do
Good Global Leaders Do."
uses technology innovation and business expertise to solve unmet social
needs and empower people to improve their lives. Day by day, they're
helping to build a better world.
helps skilled immigrants find the jobs they are qualified for. Skilled
engineers, doctors, scientists, accountants, and other
professionals too often come to the US and end up as cashiers, nannies,
and cab drivers. Upwardly Global helps change this.
The Pew Global Attitudes Project
explores global public opinion trends in 56 different countries. A
great way to learn about what is happening in the world and understand
current trends in different places.
What Monkeys Teach Us about the Assumptions we Make.
Creativity guru Michael Michalko talks about how assumptions limit us.
This is all the more true when solving challenging intercultural
dilemmas. Check out his site and read up to learn how to use creativity to be more effective when working across cultures.
World Cultures and Customs
is a free app from Hooked in Motion that includes cultural information
on over 165 different countries. This easy-to-use iPhone app covers
greetings, eye contact norms, gender issues, taboos, gestures and
other handy topics for just-in-time tips on appropriate etiquette and
protocol around the globe.
is the latest in the Cultural Detective series of tools to build
cultural competence. It focuses on taking cultural awareness and savvy
to the next level by looking at how to develop effective bridging
strategies for working across cultures.
AudioName takes the guesswork out of pronouncing someone's name.
This clever feature allows you to record a short audio clip that you
can attach to your email signature, put on your website, or link to a
social network so others can hear how to pronounce your name. No more
of those awkward situations that start, "Hello, Mr.
is a community for people living and working abroad and all "global
minds." It brings together 180 different nationalities and aims to
provide articles, forums, events, and other resources and support for
Embrace Global It's the giving season, and what better gift to give
possibility of life. Over 20 million low-birth-rate and premature
babies are born each year, with 450 of these dying each hour. Embrace
Global's has developed a clever low-cost baby warmer (think of it as a
mini-sleeping bag) to address this. Just $50 can help nine babies stay
warm and alive.
One World Youth Project
links universities and schools around the world to build mutual respect
and understanding and provide the global life skills needed to be
successful in our interconnected 21st century. It is an incredibly
well thought-out concept and curriculum, and a beautiful example of
social entrepreneurship at its best.
Global Cities of the Future
is an interactive map from McKinsey & Company that shows predicted
GDPs and populations for 600 cities across the globe in 2025. It's a
fascinating look at where future growth will occur and the implications
this has for our global world.
How Big Really? is
a BBC site that takes important places, events, and things and overlays
them onto maps so you can gain perspective of the impact of
various situations and phenomena. See, for example, the area affected
by the 2010 Pakistan floods overlayed onto your home country. This site literally takes global events and makes them local and relevant to you.
One Size Leadership Does Not Fit All
is an interesting article on leadership by Gene Crozier from the
Financial Times. It highlights what effective leadership looks like in
the Middle East and how this differs from traditional views of
leadership in other parts of the world.
Expat Blog is, as the title suggests, a resource by expats and for expats.
It contains guides, links to blogs, community discussions, and
classifieds that help to link up expatriates around the globe.
What Business Really Thinks of the MBA highlights
the importance for leaders today and in the future to have a global
perspective and to develop as leaders. This article from Poets and Quants also offers a look at eight essential business needs for the future.
The OECD Social Indicators report
provides research on everything from family characteristics, levels
of trust and social cohesion, to working hours and household chores
across cultures. Check out the summary research or explore in depth a
culture of interest to you. The research is a great way to look at up-to-date trends within various cultures around the globe.
The Overview of Cultural Differences
is a great visual map of the key differences that matter across
cultures, from the makers of the Cultural Detective series. Do you
sense a cultural difference may be a the root of a challenge you are
facing at work? Use this map to help you diagnose and devise a
strategy to move forward.
Why Mumbai at 1 pm is the Center of the World
is a great article by the Harvard Business Review that analyzes the
nature of working in a global world. It tracks the best times, days of
the week, and locations to schedule your international meetings.
is a podcast focused on the intercultural aspects of human
communication. Every second Friday, it releases a new podcast
featuring various intercultural interviews, resources and tidbits of
interesting information. Check out the link above or subscribe to the
podcast using iTunes.
is a lighthearted guide to avoiding misunderstandings while
Funded by the European Commission, this site provides short
nine languages about everything from table manners to body language in
Europe and Asia. This site is both entertaining and informative, so
check it out.
Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication is the premier professional development
program for people working in education, training, business, and
consulting who deal with cultural issues, whether domestic or
international. It's 34th annual institute, which will be held from July
13-29th of 2011, presents a unique opportunity to explore the field and
network with others. Whether you are seasoned or a newcomer to
intercultural issues, there really is no better place to learn about
the field and its people than at the Summer Institute.
is a dynamic series of tools that develop invaluable
intercultural and global business competence in individuals and
organizations. Browse the site and check out its rich set of
resources and information.
INSEAD's Research: The Link Between
Creativity and Living Abroad. If you had any doubt about the
value of living abroad, this latest research by INSEAD will take that
away. This compelling research shows how time spent abroad is
correlated with increased levels of creative problem-solving, a highly
coveted skill in today's workplace.
Quizzes are a great way to take a short
brain break and engage your global mind. Take one of
Travelpod's many interactive quizzes, where you will have to
do things like click on a geographic location around the globe as fast
as you can. This is both addicting and educational. You will walk away
refreshed on the flags, capital, and key landmarks of countries around
Citizen Guide began
little book designed to help students studying overseas and
has now grown into a family of guides designed to assist all
Americans who travel abroad. From the Business For Diplomatic Action,
this collection of helpful tips and information is aimed to
your travel experience and others' perceptions of US
Portals to the World
is a resource from the Library of Congress
that provides authoritative, in-depth information about various nations
and areas of the world. Selections are hand-picked by Area
Specialists, so they do the vetting for you and you can go straight to
valuable resources online.
Information is Beautiful
is a website full of visual representations of interesting facts. It
will change the way you think about data and fill you in on trends
happening at a global level. One of the latest additions is a map of
the world that focuses on what different nations are the number one
Sometimes, like in the case of Ecuador, it's a commodity like bananas.
Well, we produce the most serial killers. Browse the link to
The International Symposium on Cultural
one of the world’s leading conferences in the fields of international
relations and cultural studies. It will bring together an
interdisciplinary audience at the end of May in Berlin for what
promises to be a rich dialogue on cultural matters.
Check it out.
describes itself as offering "riveting talks by remarkable people, free
world" and this might just be an understatement. With free under-20
minute talks on a variety of topics (global issues
included), this is
one site you should bookmark and come back to often for a weekly fill
of great insight and knowledge to grow your global mind.
Intercultural Communication Institute is the premier
professional development organization for individuals building
international careers. Check out their Summer Institute for
Intercultural Communication and their Masters in Intercultural
offers a variety of free tools and resources for intercultural
learning. Download their "Culture Vulture" tool, watch videos related
to culture, read one of its many articles, or check out some of their
etiquette guides. Kwintessential's information is robust, detailed, and
best of all, free.
is a robust free resource that introduces cultural differences
their impact in business. Take a few minutes to read up on effective
global leadership, negotiating across cultures, or one of several other
Thunderbird School of Global Management
explores what it means to be a "superstar expat." Learn from
management leaders what are the three main components of a global
and how you can develop these to succeed in international roles.
provides free information about doing business in nearly 50 different
cultures. Topics include everything from how to entertain to how to
effectively negotiate and to how to dress for success.
Soliya uses new technologies
to facilitate dialogue and bridge the divide between Western and
predominately Muslim societies.
This pioneering non-profit works to build an intercultural generation
with the knowledge, skills, and mindset to address one of our
is a new site designed to help you explore a number of
global issues—from clean water to war. With Take
Part's comprehensive and concise summaries, you can become an
informed global citizen and learn how you can make a
With the philosophy that travel is a state of mind, World Hum brings
together a collection of stories, photos, blogs, videos, and
conversations that will inspire you to travel and to grown
perspective through that travel.
the Hell is Matt?
Take one guy, his dancing skills (or lack thereof), and a ticket around
the world and what do you get? A collective dance portrait around the
world. Matt's videos, journal entries and the global
travels they document became so famous he was sponsored by Stride gum
and got to take a 2nd trip around the world. Don't miss his latest
The YouTube Symphony Orchestra was an exciting project to create the
world’s first collaborative orchestra by using the Internet's
possibilities and the power of music as a shared global language. It
brought people together from all over the world to collaborate in a
creative new way with a truly innovative output. Check this out...
World Heritage Cultural Center
seeks to promote cultural awareness through the exploration of various
cultural arts and traditions, from dance, to music, acting, writing
and food. Check out this informative and interesting website
consider attending their upcoming June "World of Colors" event.
Want to stay globally aware? Then check out Google's new VerveEarth,
which brings bloggers together from around the world. Search
topic or simply click on the map to see what people from around the
globe are blogging about.
helps keep you informed of what's happening around the world. Click on
the interactive map to see today's headlines from hundreds of
newspapers around the globe. Newseum takes the leg-work out of staying
Globally Hip is
a new site dedicated to building bridges across cultures. Cholk-full of
mind growing activities, from blogs, to podcasts, to culture quizzes,
this is a worthy website to check-out and join.
provides free and up-to-date information on cross-cultural etiquette
and understanding. With information on 200+ countries, a forum for
asking cultural questions, and access to a variety of global resources,
this site is definitely worth checking out. While you're there,
consider exploring your cultural baggage or taking the Cultural IQ
quiz--great ways to learn what you don't know about yourself when it
comes to culture.
Glimpse does just
that: provide a look into the lives of people abroad. Featuring first
person, cultural-experience pieces written by study abroad students,
volunteers, international students and others living abroad, this
site's mantra is: "It's Your World. Get Acquainted." Good idea. Read
wonderful tales from abroad or contribute your own on this site.
States of Mind is an interesting article from the Wall
Street Journal that highlights regional differences in personality
traits such as extraversion, agreeableness and openness in the US.
While often people focus on national cultural differences, regional
differences can play an important role in intercultural interactions.
an international network for expatriates and global minds. Connect with
people who live abroad, find reliable information about international
living, and exchange ideas with other global minds on this network.
Gateway: Global Etiquette
Monster.com has a growing base of International Job Information and
articles on culture to match. Check-out the sections on Global
Etiquette, Making the Move, Quizzes and Regional Info for well-written
info on cultural considerations in international job searches and
Awareness Tests from Kwintessential
will test your cultural savvy. With over 20 different quizzes to choose
from, from business card etiquette to intercultural negotiation,
measure your know-how around international business and identify areas
enables the average person to make investments in microfinance to help
the poor pull themselves out of poverty. Visit MicroPlace to
learn more about the power of microfinance and how you can make social
investments that have financial return and social impact.
globalEDGE is a knowledge web portal
organized by the International Business Center at Michigan State
University. It contains more than 5,000 online resources and a vast
amount of information, tools, and links that are of interest.
The Sweet Life From world traveler
Bill Winunu, who has an avid eye for how culture shapes our lives,
comes two great books, The Sweet Life and Life
Could be Sweeter. Through short vignettes and powerful
stories from other cultures, learn how to make your life richer,
healthier, and more satisfying. Get a glimpse of the nuggets of insight
you'll gain from the book at this website.
Intrepid Travel is
one of the world's leading operators of small group adventures with a
variety of experiences to choose from, from homestays to market trips
to visits to community projects.
their small group focus, you never have to worry about being in a
tourist herd and get to really interact with the culture you
to tell if you're... Some people question whether there
is such a thing as American culture with all our diversity. If you're
one of these people, or if you simply want a quick reminder of what
makes you American, check out, How
to tell if you're American from
Zompist.com. Read the description of iconoclastic elements of
American culture and then you can compare this to other How
to tell if you're... versions. Some 35 different versions
are listed, from Austria to Quebec.
With 17,320 destination guides
written by avid globetrotters, this travel information site
promises up-to-date content and off-the-beaten path tips to enable deep
and meaningful travel experiences.
Calendar. With technology
today, there's no excuse not to be aware of the holidays and
celebrations of your colleagues around the world. The 2008 Multicultural
Calendar makes international meeting planning easy. Incorporate their
electronic calendar into your organization's intranet, MS Outlook or
cultural IQ with EE's weekly quiz. ExpatExchange helps expatriates find relocation
service providers and research what it would mean to relocate your life
to a new country and culture. If you're considering an international
move, check them out today.
Study the World.
There is study abroad, and then there is study
abroad. Check out this great new program from Intrax that
focuses on combining adventure travel with intercultural competence.
This organization has figured out what study abroad is all about. Goodbye
enclaves of American students. Hello global skills.
Don't Let the World Pass You By!
motto, 'Do Something for Your Country: Leave,' Lonely Planet has deemed
September Passport Month and is launching a campaign to make it
nationwide. Learn reasons why you should travel and join in on the
initiative by visiting
is a National
Geographic article from 1999 that highlights the impact of
globalization in an increasingly integrated world. Is McDonald's
changing the world or is the world changing McDonald's? Explore the
interplay between cultures and globalization with this classic article.
the World Eats is a Time
magazine feature highlighting different families'
consumption habits around the world. Join 15 families at the dinner
table and get a glimpse into their home lives and favorite foods.
Photographs by Peter Menzel from the book "Hungry Planet".
Perceptive Travel features engaging travel
stories from some of the best travel writers
around the globe. Read from deep-travel gurus about how to see beyond
the surface, engage in mind-changing conversation, and build meaningful
relationships as you travel the world.
first expanded it's full-time MBA programs profiles in 2005 to include
more than 320 international programs. If you're considering getting an
MBA, there's no reason to stay in the US and all the reason to get a
global degree in our global economy. Check out the free 2005 listing,
or register to see the recently updated 2007 edition.
is a new e-magazine and network focused on study abroad. Written by
students and for students, Café Abroad features first-hand stories,
articles and insight about making the most of experiences abroad.
is hosting Conversation Week 2007 (March 25-April 1) to enable people
worldwide to meet in cafés, bookstores, conferences, meetings and
trainings and share their thoughts and ideas about world issues. Learn
about the power of dialogue and find a conversation taking place near
you on the Conversation Week website:
The World Clock
Trying to plan meetings across cultures and
time zones can often be a challenge. This useful tool from
TimeandDate.com takes the guesswork out of scheduling meetings across
cultures. Simply enter the locations of the people you want to connect
with, and this tool will help you find the most suitable times for you
to schedule your meeting.
Your Point of
What's your take on tattoos, pets, old age, and tipping? Ever wonder
how your point of view may be different from people around the world?
Find out by checking out HSBC's global interviews and polls and learn
about interesting cultural practices around the globe in the process.
Looking for international internships or entry-level jobs abroad? This
guide from the Occupational Outlook Quarterly will point you in the
right direction and give you in-depth information on locating, landing,
and getting reading for work abroad.
you on colorful and insightful journeys across the globe. The website
currently covers 5 cultures and plans to cover four total in a rich
2-hour documentary format. And that's not all. At the website you can
join global forums, download podcasts, test your global know-how with
the Atlas Quest, send e-cards, browse their spectacular photo
galleries, buy DVDs of the TV programs, join interactive discussions
while the show is airing, and more. Intercultural learning has never
been this much fun.
Want to go abroad but don't know how to do it?
This site features a variety of work, study, and travel abroad
programs. Learn about opportunities in anything from farm work to hotel
training and volunteering in countries in Africa, Europe, and South and
This organization has an honorable
mission: 'to internationally network people and places, create
educational exchanges, raise collective consciousness, spread
tolerance, and facilitate cultural understanding' and a uncommon way of
achieving it: by creating a global network of available couches for
travelers. With over 112,000 couch surfers registered worldwide, there
is no shortage of people willing to open their homes to travelers for
some good conversation and cultural exchange.
the Eyes of the Children
Life in Rwanda is depicted through the talented
ideas of children aged 8-17 who are part of the Imbabazi Orphanage. The Rwanda project was
designed to give children a chance to
explore the beauty held in the people and their communities as the
country struggles to rebuild. The work of these talented children,
which has made global news, paints a rich portrait of life in Rwanda.
Global Voices Online With
over 60 million bloggers worldwide, finding blogs is no problem, but
finding truly interesting ones is becoming the challenge. Enter
Global Voices Online.
This project locates “bridge bloggers" around the world--people who are
sharing interesting information and ideas about their country or region
to a global audience. Check out their 'daily roundup' for links to the
top 5-10 most interesting global blog posts and tune in to the pulse of
Not going abroad this
summer? Then enter the world of armchair travel, courtesy of Perceptive
Travel, who boasts a collection of travel tales by some of the best
travel writers around the globe. Curl up on the coach with your laptop
and tuck into stories that entertain and allow you to go deep in
MoslBudd-what? It may not be a
roll-off-your-tongue name, but it is a good concept... a unifaith
scent. Developed by the German company Elternhaus, it is currently only
available in London, Berlin, and Hamburg. But you don't have to buy the
scent to benefit from its idea: check out their interactive website and
link different ideas together with their visual mindmaps. In English and German.
The Prejudice Map.
What happens when one curious guy wants to find
out what people in other cultures are known for? He does a google
search such as "americans are known for *" and compiles the results in
a global map. The result: an interesting look at stereotypes held about
different cultures around the world. It wasn't a scientific process,
but it still provides an interesting look at how websites can both
break down and reinforce stereotypes--and, as this map shows, some
rather ridiculous stereotypes at times.
Going global means getting news from around the
world on a regular basis. Now, the newspaper index can help. A simple
concept and a powerful resource--Newspaper index lists the best online
newspapers around the world.
Available in many languages
is a short,
irreverent look at the state of the world. From the Foundation for Global
Community, a nonprofit educational organization,
dedicated to reconnecting people, the planet, and prosperity.
is a free-content encyclopedia, written
collaboratively by people from all around the world. It has some of the
most comprehensive and up-to-date information about cultures all around
the world, and has hundreds of thousands of articles available in 10
Your Point of View.
This is the latest from HSBC, which ran the
infamous "Never underestimate the importance of local knowledge" ad
campaign. Now they are emphasizing the importance of valuing other
perspectives. We couldn't agree more. This is a key component of
intercultural competence. Check out this site to see how the world
views everything from cloning to tattoos and then add your voice to the
Map. From the official Nobel Peace
Prize site comes this interactive map that shows the major wars of the
20th century--one of the most destructive and war-ridden centuries in
history. Why so much warfare? Where did it all take place? What were
these conflicts about? Answers these questions and more with this map.
Engage your mind and morals and you'll walk away pondering more
questions: Will history repeat itself--will the 21st century be the
same? How can we stop more destruction from occurring?
of 1,000. Remember this Internet
pass-along that describes the composition of the population if we were
just 1,000 people? Well, now you can look at an updated version for
2000. Learn what languages would dominate (it's not English), where the
majority of people would live, and what major problems we would still
be facing as a population. A great site developed by Lloyd C. Russow of
Intercultural Time Machine.
Does "fashionably late" exist in all cultures?
Visit the intercultural time machine to find out. Here, you can test
your time skills in the cultures of the United Kingdom, Denmark,
Finland, and the US. Learn some of the unwritten rules of cultures—like
how late (down to the second in some cases!) you can be to a meeting or
to a social gathering, and just how much time you should spend doing
small talk before getting down to business.
This is a free resource from the online intercultural platform ArgonautOnline.
What's Up with Culture? This free on-line
training resource helps you prepare for your adventures abroad. Whether
working, studying, or even traveling for an extended period abroad,
this guide will help you understand the adjustment process, learn about
the culture you are headed to, and a bit about yourself and your own
cultural values in the meantime.
Culture shapes the way we think
about the world and hear the sounds around us. This month's pop watch
is about having some fun exploring 'onomatopoeia' around the world.
Listen to how a fire engine sounds in South Korea, a dog in Croatia, a
bee in Denmark, or a cow in Pakistan.
Primer: What is this thing called culture anyway?
The latest from the About.com guides on race relations, this web
section lays out culture in simple terms, talking about how it
influences us and shapes our lifestyles. It includes some great links
as well to articles and other resources about cultural differences.
without Borders. In an increasingly
interdependent world, literature in translation provides rich insight
into other cultures, ways of life, and kinds of thinking. Words without
Borders promotes international communication through translation of the
world's best writing. Dip into other cultures through the rich world of
The Global Game.
The global game features less heard news and
information about the role of football/soccer worldwide. As the
founders say, "Football is the world's game, not ours, so we must ask
them about it and read about the game in their publications, in their
Business of Touch.
Learn how to introduce yourself in 13 different
nations in Europe, Asia, and North America. A great, interactive site
with Flash animation from Aquent.
A wonderful collection of international
literature and art from over 160 nations. The site includes a vast
collection of non-Western and indigenous poets, writers and artists. Short stories and poetry are in English, Dutch,
Spanish, German, Japanese, Afrikaans, and Polish.
National Geographic has
a great website full of maps, travel information, and photography. A
classic site and publication that has been broadening world
perspectives for decades.
What's on When?
provides information about local
events around the world. Organized by theme (adventure, festivals and
nightlife, music, etc.) or by geographic area, this site is the best
way to go deep as you travel and to plan exciting vacations with local
Dialogue & Exchange is an initiative by UNESCO and
DaimlerChrysler that focuses on the role of culture in life and work.
Mondialogo Magazine presents interesting and easy to understand views
on the importance of cultural awareness. Also
available in Spanish, French, and Dutch.
Speaking: National Geographic Photographers for
National Geogrpahic capture local cultures on film to help paint a
clearer picture of cultures around the world. This interactive site
shows you colorful portrayals of the following cultures: India, Greece,
Mexico, and New York.
magazine presents in-depth looks at cultures,
communities, and issues that rarely are in the media spotlight and need
to be told. Each edition focuses on one issue or topic, from drugs to
shopping to wealth and war and provides an in-depth analysis of the
topic and how it surfaces in cultures around the world. All magazines
are bilingual and are available in English, French, Spanish, and
Italian. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or supermarket or read
the articles online.