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DLNSEO Culture Team
June 13, 2017

What do you get when you ask the people of the world to chronicle a single day in their lives? You get 80,000 submissions, 4500 hours of footage, from 192 countries. Kevin Macdonald has taken this raw material, all shot on July 24, 2010, and created a 90-minute paean to what it means to be human in the world today. July 24, 2010 was chosen because it was the first Saturday after the World Cup. The film also serves as a fascinating snapshot of cultures all around the world.

The film was the creation of a partnership among YouTube, Ridley Scott Associates and...

DLNSEO Culture Team
April 10, 2017

Through a partnership with Penn State and NATO’s Allied Command Transformation - Future Solutions branch, the Extended Hands program leverages technology to foster understanding through dialogue across cultures in vastly different parts of the world. Extended Hand pairs cadets and military personnel from NATO nations with civilians in conflict-torn regions to have cross-cultural exchanges.

The program operates on two core principles:

Military personnel plan and conduct missions with greater efficacy when they have the skills to effectively communicate and build trust...
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...

June 21, 2016

"What was your biggest culture shock going to the United States?" is a question that was posed via the website, Quora.  The question is a valuable one to help us reflect on the sometimes invisible norms that make us who we are.  Some excerpts are included below to show some of the varying perspectives by country:

Here are some of the comments and you can check out the full discussion here:

"It was a shock to me about how fond (almost) everyone here is about working out. People here have such amazing bodies, to be honest. I was even more impressed to see...

January 27, 2016

Reverse culture shock is a common reaction to returning home from time abroad. It is an emotional and psychological stage of re-adjustment, similar to your initial adjustment to living abroad. Symptoms can range from feeling like no one understands you or how you’ve changed to feeling panicked that you will lose part of your identity if you don’t have an outlet to pursue new interests that were sparked abroad. Your reactions to re-entry may vary, but common signs are:

Restlessness Rootlessness Boredom Depression Uncertainty Confusion...
by Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, PhD Anthropology, ALELO
January 21, 2016

When my friends in Mexico migrate within the country, they always go to places where they have family or townspeople. Even if they’ve heard that jobs are more plentiful elsewhere, it’s better to have a network. The community can get you a job, they tell me.

In fact, the community is practically obligated to get you a job. The community is obligated to do anything within its power to support its members.


If you’ve spent time abroad — or even if different regions of the U.S. — you know that cultures can differ in all kinds of ways. Every place has its family structures...

January 21, 2016

Check out these stories from Italy, Ghana, Spain and China about moments of cross-cultural misunderstandings and lessons learned from living abroad.  This is part 1 of 5 in a series of travel stories.