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DLNSEO Culture Team
May 9, 2017

Protocol is a means by which people of all cultures can relate to each other. Whether you are an employee or spouse, have few representational responsibilities or are running your post’s protocol office, this booklet produced by the State department is a good starting point to prepare. 

What is Protocol?

Protocol is, in effect, the frame for the picture rather than the content of it. American casualness is sometimes interpreted as rudeness in other societies. What does it say if the representatives of the world’s most powerful nation are indifferent to...

DLNSEO Culture Team
March 14, 2017

What is the power of virtual reality to provide you with an emmersive cultural experience?  The tourism industry is experimenting with VR to see if it can be used to expand their reach and entice prospective clients.

Expedia’s take on the technology is somewhat unusual. Although it has used it in films promoting travel deals to Australia, in March it started a fund-raising campaign involving virtual reality for the St. Jude children’s hospital.

Expedia “fundamentally believes that when people travel, it affects them and the world around them,” said Vic Walia,...

DLNSEO Culture Team
January 10, 2017

The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research in the United States of America (SIETAR USA) is an educational membership organization for professionals concerned with the challenges and rewards of intercultural relations. Members work within business and industry, consulting, training, K-12 and higher education, counseling, all aspects of the media and arts. SIETAR holds Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status with the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Its members initiate joint projects, consulting and training assignments; foster personal and professional...

DLNSEO Culture Team
November 22, 2016

USAID and the Department of Defense have been partners since the 1960s. They work together to align policies, planning and programming, learning and outreach to advance U.S. foreign policy.  USAID's Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation (CMC) serves as the primary point of contact with the Department of Defense (DOD). The office responds to the National Security Strategy's demand that development be a strong and equal partner with diplomacy and defense in collective pursuit of a world that promotes peace, security and opportunity for all.  CMC is driven by its goal to...

DLNSEO Culture Team
November 15, 2016

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is the executive agent for several regional centers which offer courses, seminars, workshops, research and dynamic outreach among U.S. and foreign military, civilian, and non-government actors. These regional centers include:

 

Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) (Honolulu, HI)

The APCSS addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in...

Asya Anderson, Ph.D. Anthropology, Alelo
June 1, 2016

When I tell people I meet that I’m an anthropologist, I sometimes get a blank stare in return. Occasionally someone will ask if I’ve dug up any cool artifacts lately or if I’m like that lady on the TV show Bones. One acquaintance nicknamed me “Jane Goodall.” Another challenged me to name all of the dinosaurs ever discovered. Even people who do know a little about cultural anthropology are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I did my doctoral fieldwork among corporate executives on the island of Singapore, a global city, rather than studying the kava ceremony on the island of Tonga,...

Culture Team
May 4, 2016

Recently, a Swedish Tourism agency created a single phone line that connects international callers to randomly selected Swedish volunteers to chat about whatever is on their minds. The goal of the service is to generate interest in the country and encourage tourism to the frosty nation. Ever wondered about Norse culture? How do the Swede's deal with 18 hour nights, what the northern lights look like, and why they like to forrage for berries? Well... call them up and ask!

The telephone number is 46-771-793-336 and the website is http://theswedishnumber.com/ .

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