Chris and Jerry get to delve into the unknown with the marvelously talented Sundae Schneider-Bean (www.sundaebean.com) to decide whether or not planning is overrated, and explore the losses (both good and bad) as well as the gains that come with moving into the expat lifestyle – all seasoned with an occasional Scottish brogue!
Joining Chris and Jerry in the virtual studio is the one and only Michael Pollock! Co-author of the most recend edition of “Third Culture Kids: The Experience of Growing Up Among Worlds,” Executive Director of Interaction Internaitonal, and an all around amazing guy, Michael purveys wisdom and heart, and we’re fortunate to capture some of it right on our own humble little podcast.
We all need to eat… which makes eating a phenominally borderless tradition that highlights both variety and commonality. Join Chris and Jerry as they discuss the best, the worst, and the culturally nuanced details of food.
Chris and Jerry are joined by Christian Phillips (a rather clever man in the realm of linguistics) to discuss the ridiculously important role languages play in how we interpet and interact with the world around us… and learn why some words became “bad”.
We’re joined by the very insightful Megan Norton (web: adultthirdculturekid.com, podcast: “A Culture Story”, Instagram: adult_third_culture_kid) to discuss the cultural impact of sports, the challenges of repatriation, and dole out more useful fashion advice.
Closing out a conference is an honor and a daunting task… and I wanted to close on “hope” which could easily be considered even more daunting considering the fact that it’s 2020 and a lot has erupted this year that’s eroded our certainty.
One thing that’s been highlighted is interdependence – and I think that’s a good thing. Technology has provided ample opportunity for us to function more independently – which is convenient, but I still think we need to engage interdependently for our own emotional and social wellbeing. If anything, the global pandemic has caused us to lean more on each other and realize how much we miss connection when it’s taken away.
The pandemic has brought interdependence and empathy into focus as we’ve had to scramble to find new ways to connect… and there may actually be some longterm benefits to our renewed focus – and the necessity to get creative to stay connected. Loneliness was an issue even before the pandemic. In fact, in 2015 TIME magazine ran an article titled, “Why Loneliness May Be the Next Big Public-Health Issue”. Loneliness isn’t good for us, and 2020 has highlighted that on an amazingly wide scale… as a result we’re more focused on dealing with it than we may have been otherwise.
Working with Third Culture Kids, expats, and the globally mobile has made me very appreciative of how the skills they possess, an increasingly globalized world needs; and the challenges they face, we’re all now facing. Going back to the pandemic again, it’s as if the entire planet has been sent on an assignment to a completely different situation and is having to learn to adapt… much like many in the expat and globally mobile arena have done… just on a far larger scale.
I really do believe we can use hope to navigate uncertainty. TCKs and the globally mobile community are – as the sociologist, Ted Ward, said in the 1980s, “the prototype citizens of the future.” At this point, the future is now… and even though our problems, challenges, and issues are now more on a global scale – so is our power to overcome them. As the world continues to globalize and move closer and closer to the experience of TCKs, I take hope by looking at what the cross-cultural community has to offer.