Deborah is Italian and lives in Zurich. She tells about Social Fabric, a Swiss organization that created a wonderful project to help refugees integrate in the Swiss society. Despite having always lived in Europe, I went through the difficulties linked to the need of conforming to and understanding the rules of my new host […]
Francesca sends us this recommendation for the book The Empathic Civilization, interesting food for thought from sociologist and economist Jeremy Rifkin. Human beings have many things in common, including a deep-rooted instinct for social relationships and the ability to form a new consciousness, both global and collective. Simply the act of reading an account of […]
Claudia interviewed Nicoletta Zannoni, flautist and teacher, who studied music in Italy and presently lives and works in Ramallah, Palestine. Nicoletta participates in our monthly challenge with…music! Some time ago, you shared these words in an interview What in music has always fascinated, attracted and pushed me to study, is the possibility of playing […]
Motherhood is something that always makes me feel close to women, no matter where they come from. Distance disappears when mothers talk about their children. In Jakarta, where I presently live, there is a habit of travelling with the whole family on a motorbike – children included – often without helm, and this is something […]
Living abroad changes us in ways that are unimaginable and certainly not easy to convey. In this article I will try to sum the up the most important and tangible skills and benefits I believe I have gained from living abroad, and how I can use them to make my and others’ lives better: Flexibility: […]
My son introduced me to the film, The Music of Strangers, by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. In the beautiful trailer, a couple of sentences struck a chord:
As the world becomes more interconnected, the challenges we face do as well. Many of the difficulties that have long been faced by the expat, transient, and cross-cultural community have expanded into mainstream society the world over. Marginalization, exposing the vulnerable to radicalization, the increasingly disposable nature of relationships, and the ever more complex struggle to find identity are […]
Last month I participated in the FIGT (Families in Global Transition) conference in Amsterdam. It was my first time and I was eager to know more about this organization.