Thursday, January 19, 2017

Public Diplomacy and U.S. National Security for the New Administration in 2017 - A New CSIS Report and Related Conversation with Benjamin Rhodes and James Glassman

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) released a new report entitled Public Diplomacy and National Security in 2017: Building Alliances, Fighting Extremism, and Dispelling Disinformation by Katherine Brown, Shannon Green and Jian "Jay" Wang.

CSIS also hosted a discussion later in the day entitled Public Diplomacy and National Security: Lessons Learned for the Next Administration (video and audio available) that featured Benjamin Rhodes Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting [Obama Administration], and James K. Glassman, former Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs [George W. Bush Administration].

Video from the Rhodes and Glassman CSIS conversation is embedded below:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

RELAUNCH! Virtual Event - January 23-27, 2017 (Free)

WHAT IS "RELAUNCH"?

RELAUNCH! is a free week-long virtual event for globetrotters who loved being abroad and are now (going) home. It's for expats, students, volunteers, and travelers who want to confidently navigate reverse culture shock, reflect on who they are and what they want now, and move with intention towards their next global adventure at home or abroad.

IS RELAUNCH! ONLINE?
Yes! There will be 15 free virtual sessions with 20 speakers over 5 days (Jan 23-27, 2017).

WHO IS RELAUNCH FOR?
Expats, students, volunteers, int'l teachers, travelers - anyone who's spent time abroad! - will all find support, connection, and inspiration for their re-entry/reverse culture shock/repatriation/relaunch journey.

HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
First, sign up here: http://www.RelaunchRetreat.com. Each day during the week of January 23-27, 2017 you'll receive an email with a link to the day's 3 video sessions. There will also be a live chat where you can connect with other participants and the speakers. If you watch the sessions when they air each day, you can watch the entire event for free!

See the event schedule, meet the speakers, and reserve your seat here: 
http://www.RelaunchRetreat.com

Questions? Email Cate, the event host, at cate@smallplanetstudio.com

Disclaimer: I receive no compensation for this post.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You? You Speak Second A Language? Huh, I Never Would Have Guessed!


Below is just a small sampling of some well know individuals demonstrating their second language speaking abilities!  To be sure, there are more but these are the ones I decided to highlight.  If you know of more please provide more specifics and a link in the comment section below.  Thanks!













This additional Bradley Cooper interview in French is for my wife.  On night after we were driving home from seeing the movie Silver Linings Playbook I told my wife "You know, Bradley Cooper speaks French fluently" to which she replied "I Know, As If Wasn't Hot Enough!"  :-)