By ANASTASIA ASHMAN
What comes after cultural disenfranchisement? After Expat Harem, the book? After expat+HAREM, the community site? In this slideshow I chart the evolution of my own global niche, along with expat+HAREM’s spin-off project: Globalniche.net.
When I moved to Turkey in 2003, the plan was to write a Southeast Asian complaint travelogue. Lost my voice! Abandoned on a snake infested island! Adrift in pirate-filled waters! But Turkey kidnapped me instead. You might know that bit of the story already.
Talking at the inaugural Istanbul “Dream, Play, Achieve” event of Turkish Women’s International Network at Microsoft Turkey (view the 10 minute TurkishWIN video here), I filled in the blanks and gave a sneak peek into a new initiative expat+HAREM is developing: a private, educational and support community to equip people like us with the skills and tools tailored to our particular challenges.
Please visit Globalniche.net and join the Facebook page so we can keep you posted directly when the membership community goes live.
This is how losing my voice in Asia 15 years ago led me to create today an educational community of my psychic peers.
Trouble viewing the embedded video? Watch it here.
These are early days in the development of the Global Niche membership site, so you can be a part of its creation!
What is your biggest pain in operating to your true potential both professionally and personally? What do you want to learn how to do? What do you most need support for?
Presenting the global niche evolution to Turkish Women’s International Network (a gathering of overseas Turks, repatriated Turks, Third Culture Turks and foreign professional women with ties to Turkey founded by Melek Pulatkonak) at Microsoft’s Istanbul offices. ⇒
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