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Culture Team
July 13, 2015

Hello Culture Ready Followers! We wanted to update you on some upcoming Coursera courses which touch on culture related issues and fields. If you are seeking to get smart on different parts of the world, Coursera is a great tool to help you achieve your goals on your own schedule. Coursera is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, and the best part is ... its totally free! Courses can be taken on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer easily. Check out some of the coureses below which are...

Steve Hammons
April 22, 2015

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, traces its roots to the secret World War II U.S. Army intelligence unit comprised of Japanese-Americans – the Military Intelligence Service (MIS). 

Then, as now, we needed to succeed militarily and also communicate with other cultures and nations. 

The MIS was started in late 1941 as a unit to train Japanese-Americans (Nisei) to conduct translation and interrogation activities. MIS men came mostly from Hawaii and the West Coast.

The missions of the MIS were highly classified and still...

Steve Hammons
April 17, 2015

Back in 2009, news reports explained that a U.S. intelligence operative in Afghanistan had provided Viagra to an older tribal and community leader who had several younger wives. The story triggered humor, concern and insight about working closely with indigenous populations in Afghanistan elsewhere. This case shows us that interacting with indigenous people – so that they may consider being friends of Americans instead of enemies – can be approached in various ways, conventional and unconventional. Much discussion about soft power, hard power and smart power (the appropriate mix of hard...

Culture Team
April 7, 2015

Yesterday, Huffington Post published an article by Aaron Dubrow entitled "7 Cyberlearning Technologies Transforming Education" in which the Virtual Cultural Awareness Trainer (VCAT) was featured as a leading tool to teach cross-cultural communication through a virtual environment. According to W. Lewis Johnson,  co-founder of Alelo Inc, "We found in our military training that when soldiers use this approach, once they get into a foreign country -- let's say they're sitting down with local leaders -- they feel as if it's a familiar situation to them, even though they've never...

Steve Hammons
March 23, 2015

Read any good books lately? How about a compelling TV drama or movie? We all like a good story, and good stories can affect us in significant ways.

As a result, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been researching how storytelling affects you, me and other people around the world.

Throughout human history we have been telling and listening to stories. Ancient humans sat around the nighttime campfire and shared tales with the clan and tribe. Oral histories were passed on to the next generations, often in story form. And, of course, human societies...

Marine Corps Cpl. Drew Tech (Repost by DLNSEO Team)
December 10, 2014

KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, Japan, Dec. 9, 2014 – U.S. Marines participating in exercise Forest Light 15-1 visited with high school students here Dec. 5.

A group of 11 Marines took time out of their bilateral training to speak with students at Kumamoto’s Kaishin and Chinzei high schools.

The school visits centered on the sharing of cultures. Students at both schools prepared presentations for the visiting Marines, including a dance from the school’s dance club and a karate and kendo demonstrations. The Marines demonstrated techniques used in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program...

Intercultural Management Institute
July 7, 2014

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can make the world safe for diversity. For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal." - John F. Kennedy, Commencement Address at the American University June 10, 1963

For more than 50 years, the Intercultural Management Institute (IMI)--formerly the Business Council for International Understanding Institute (BCIU) --has worked toward promoting cultural understanding through innovative and...