April 13, 2011

Preparing Future Global Leaders – OWN

Kristin Hayden is my heroine of the day. She is the founder of OneWorld Now! (OWN), an organization committed to developing the next generation of global leaders. They provide language skills, leadership training and study abroad opportunities for youth. We need more people with Kristin’s vision and dedication. She understood a long time ago that “if Americans are going to engage with the rest of the world better, they have to start with young people. Language is a gateway to communication and understanding. Travel is transformative.” Mandarin and Arabic are important languages that are largely ignored in U.S. public schools. Jerry Large, columnist for The Seattle Times, explains more about the program and Kristin’s mission in his article “Program gives kids global connections, understanding”. Click here to read the full article. On a side note, I have often wondered why, in addition to French, German, British and American schools, we don’t have Chinese and Indian curriculum schools for expats. Nothing wrong with those in place, but if we are to keep up with the world and its growing population, we should be offering more. Not only are more Indian professionals going abroad, but we know that their school systems turn out highly educated graduates.

May 25, 2010

Please to make you laugh

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Just thought this was a lot of fun and wanted to share it. The New York Times‘ article “Strange Signs from Abroad” in the travel section is a hoot and a half. You can spend half a day going through these images, all sent in by readers, ROFL. When you’re stressed or need a break, check it out! One of my favorite websites when I really want to laugh is www.engrish.com. This one is another take on it, focusing on sign verbiage. Kudos to NYT for featuring some humor about getting lost in translation!

May 20, 2010

Take the office with you

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Talk about an ideal work-life balance! This article from Aftenposten caught our eye. “Digital nomade” features Eivind Ravdal, who travels the world working as an IT consultant for Norwegian companies and for a Norwegian salary. This may be the way the world is headed and being employed will not necessarily mean being in one place, immobile and tied to a physical office. This will in any case be encouraging for any TCKs out there. This fits the TCK lifestyle perfectly!