Archive - September 7, 2012

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Winner of the 2011 Publisher's Special Award — Stanley Meisler (PC/HQ 1963-67)
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Use Your Cross Cultural Experience–And Do Some Good!

Winner of the 2011 Publisher's Special Award — Stanley Meisler (PC/HQ 1963-67)

In 2011 Stan Meisler published When The World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and Its First Fifty Years. It is a comprehensive history of the agency written by someone who knew the Peace Corps almost from its first days. Stan Meisler was a reporter for AP in 1963 when he joined the Evaluation staff at the Peace Corps.  “I was not there in those very first days, the madcap, exciting, glorious beginning. I started my work at Peace Corps headquarters just after the election of Lyndon B. Johnson to a full term as president, a year after the assassination of President Kennedy.” He had misgivings about working for the government, as any reporter might, but the Peace Corps was different. “It was,” Meisler writes, “an oasis of idealism and goodness in the vast Washington bureaucracy. Everyone, even Washington correspondents, loved the Peace Corps.” In his career at the agency he would make a half dozen . . .

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Use Your Cross Cultural Experience–And Do Some Good!

Laurette Bennhold-Samaan (PC/HQ Cross-Cultural Specialist 1994-01) now works for an international consulting company called Aperian Global. She is asking for the help of RPCVs in developing content for a half dozen African countries with an unique  ‘web tool’ that provides extensive knowledge on how to conduct business effectively in countries around the world. What this ‘web tool’ does is to help people understand and work better in new cultures, and work effectively with people of different backgrounds. Today, GlobeSmart has detailed information on 66 countries. It is being used by more than 400,000 people working for 100 international organizations. (If you’d like to see a demonstration of GlobeSmart, check out https://www.aperianglobal.com/login/). Now Aperian Global is looking to increase their countries in Africa. They develop profiles by  interviewing host country nationals, and people-like you!–who have worked in these countries. Laurette, who I worked with at the agency, has asked me to let . . .

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