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The recent American Presidential Election, Brexit decision of the UK and the way the media have reported these events have highlighted and fueled divisions within our culturesIs this really true? Do such massive differences exist? Are such divisions a fact or a media created issue? The attached article is a refreshingly positive piece with some simple solutions. Too often the media just highlights the problems, where is the profit in being positive? The message of the author Kio Stark is to seek out fleeting intimacy! “In our smallest positive interactions with strangers in passing, we experience something called “fleeting intimacy”. That’s a brief encounter that gives us a momentary feeling of connectedness, of belonging. I think we need to start using our interactions with strangers to create what I’ll call fleeting alliances. “ – Kio Stark Read the full article here.
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Chapter and Verse, Newswordy
This picture has apparently been causing a bit of a stir in the English Speaking press. The question being is it a culture clash or just two countries playing sport, some focused on the culture some on the sport. The net result was that the press began playing Adjective Top Trumps.For the Times it was a “culture clash”, for the Daily Mail “a massive cultural divide” between “the cover-ups” and “the cover-nots” – and for the Sun the cultural divide was not “massive” but “colossal”. The BBC web site asked the question – Does this image represent cultural differences between humans, two different ways to oppress women, or does it simply represent two athletes at the absolute pinnacle of their game playing in attire in which they feel comfortable? It made me think of what an excellent example of stereotyping this was. Geert Hofstede explains that if you could draw a graph of the values of two different cultures there would be large areas of commonality between both. Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 18.43.19 However, it is never the common ground and the common ground is that here is a picture of two women playing a sport. Disappointingly however, we see rarely see the things we have in common, no, we see the extremes, the startling, surprising or astounding. … Whoops I went into adjective overdrive! Who needs journalism school!
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Melissa Marshall: Talk nerdy to me

Published on Oct 11, 2012

Melissa Marshall brings a message to all scientists (from non-scientists): We’re fascinated by what you’re doing. So tell us about it — in a way we can understand. In just 4 minutes, she shares powerful tips on presenting complex scientific ideas to a general audience.

The interesting thing is that this advice is relevant to many types of presentations, not just the scientific. All too often it’s necessary to sit through slide after slide of figures, bullet points and jargon – in business meetings, public meetings and lectures. Good presentations aren’t about proving how clever you are, they are about engaging your audience and very often, just selling an idea or concept to them. You won’t be able to do any of that if your audience is asleep.
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