No 40 years of friendship: the mass market distorts traditional hospitality

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Tourists in Istanbul’s shopping Mecca have been so traumatized they can no longer distinguish an invitation from an inquisition.

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Most affecting: 1 year later

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We’re celebrating a full year of camaraderie among cultural creatives, globally mobile progressives, and explorers of identity.

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Great (avatar) expectations: who decides our best look?

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What do portraits (and self-portraits) demand of us? Which version of yourself do you want to show the world today, and why?

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Awkward greetings: the intercultural social dance

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Trying to assimilate to the greeting norms of another culture leaves us bumping heads and stepping on toes.

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Get creative about your place in the world: how to operate on a micro-yet-global level with a global niche

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Suspended between multiple worlds — challenged in your pursuits and interests by culture, geography, language or time zone? Welcome to the GlobalNiche club, where our situation mismatch is our secret weapon.

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Creatives surviving & thriving abroad: lowering barriers and raising your game

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Technology and the times both lower the barrier for writers abroad, and raise our game. Now we’re producers, directors, engineers of content.

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Food communion: finding lost rituals

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A global nomad now back in the USA misses the special status of food.

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Magical thinking: reaping results of our invisible ties

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When we invest in relationships and work in tandem with others our results can seem like magic. Sometimes even black magic.

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Reacting to taboo: how avoidance can make us complicit

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Taboo’s unintended cloaking effect: we banish from our thoughts the most unimaginable human acts, making us blind to them in our midst.

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