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  • Brigit Law 11:18 pm on March 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cultural differences, , horse riding   

    Everytime a different ride 

    My life not only requires me to find my bearings in different countries and places, but also riding different horses at different stables.

    Different horses have different ways of listening and communicating and every time I sit in the saddle fustrated that i cant find the right mode to connect. my hands a little lower? My posture a bit more straigtened up? It reminds me of the difficult moments to figure out a culture and nationality. Exactly what are the do’s and don’t-s? How do I and my children make friends? Can my children just ring at neighbor door bels asking to play like they got used to in the previous countries they lived? At my riding lessons I have at least a riding instructor at hand, but in my day to day American life, I have not.

    What I have found so far is the eminent importance of making expectations match reality. How?
    1 Read books about your host country
    2 Form or join weekly coffee morning or book clubs where you can ask questions
    3 volunteer and/or work in your area of interest to get a learning & giving experience as well as to give structure to your days
    4 Try – and this is the most difficult part – to turn dissapointments into inspiring lessons you want to learn from.
    5 Keep strong and tight family bonds, they will never let you stand alone no matter how much you change. (And change you will!)

    So, if you get into the saddle, be ready for the ride. And whilst you will never be ready as to know what to expect, you should be ready to go!

    Good luck on your different rides & have a great Easter!

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  • Brigit Law 4:59 pm on December 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Crowd funding: Will it break relationships? 

    A good friend of mine, with whom I talk a lot about my work in raising funds for education, art, culture in schools as well as therapeutic horseback riding, pointed out a news headline to me, to which I felt compelled to react: Crowd funding: Will it break relationships?

    When I moved to the US and got bombarded with local fundraisers, the same question came to my mind. I live in a small community where participating in fundraisers is a community building exercise. There is simply no soccer for my son without donations raised by the soccer ‘crowd’. And more importantly, my kids school can not reach decent academic standards without donations raised by the school ‘crowd’. As a European, used to social system, my first questions was: Do I need to support all fundraisers? My second question: Will people like me less if I don’t support ‘their’ fundraisers?

    After some sleepless nights, I think I found some answers.

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  • Brigit Law 9:56 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ThanksGiving, vluchteling   

    Tijd om even bij te tanken 

    Nog een paar weken en ik kan weer even bijtanken bij mijn ouders in Europa. Soms is het expat leven net een baseball game waar bezoekjes aan het thuishonk goud waard zijn. In de wake van Thanksgiving, een echt familiefeest dat morgen hier in Amerika wordt gevierd, ben ik dan ook dankbaar dat ik naar huis kan waar en wanneer ik wil. Ik ben vrij. Maar dat geldt jammergenoeg niet voor de vele vluchtelingen en asielzoekers met wie ik eigenlijk veel raakvlakken heb. (More …)

     
  • Brigit Law 4:57 pm on November 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bullying, , ISUBD,   

    Bullying: It’s a world wide challenge! 

    In the lead up to the International Stand-up to Bullying Day (ISUBD), the 5th graders of Mrs Zychal’s class at Scotland Elementary in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, did a great job in identifying the powers one needs to combat bullying. Laser vision, super hearing and transforming were some of them. (More …)

     
  • Brigit Law 12:21 am on September 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Purpose Gets Personal’: The New Way at Edelman PR 

    The world’s largest PR firm Edelman has launched a new website, focusing on two of my favorite professional themes: [leadership through] complexity and diversity (‘Life In Color’).

    I got completely hooked up to their Purpose Around The World study, resulting in the ‘Purpose Gets Personal’ and ‘Me in We’ outcomes (see image below). These are outcomes I see around me too and I feel completely connected to them as a communications professional and hobbyist. It seems that Edelman employees are spot on with their revamped company strategy and offering of PR solutions.

    However …. , I also see a short coming (More …)

     
  • Brigit Law 11:31 pm on August 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Cultuurverschillen, , Down Town Chambersburg, , Fundraising, Vrijwilligers   

    American Fundraising: surprisingly different 

    Today I strolled down the streets of Down Town Chambersburg searching for donations for a live and silent auction benefiting therapeutic horseback riding in my local community.

    It was hot and I felt like an ice cream melting away on the pavement every time I had to stop for a ‘don’t walk’, which was at least six times in one hour for the three blocks I was doing.

    While I was going from shop to shop gaining my new American experience, the nuisance of professional media got to me again. Expat life does this to me every time I see that the reality of life in a certain country is always better portrayed in the media.

    So, allow me to set something right in our believes about fundraising in America.

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    • themysticmom 2:21 pm on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Having not yet traveled outside the US it was very interesting –and refreshing–to see the US through your eyes! I will be sharing this!! Always love your perspective on things, Brigit!!!

    • Lizzie's Words 10:46 pm on October 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Love the blog Brigit!

    • Gro 10:21 pm on November 25, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Very interesting to read, I appreciate the way you describe the challenges of being an european expat in the us

  • Brigit Law 4:30 pm on August 20, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Architecture, , Erol Han Havaceken,   

    Communicating The True Colors of Society 

    Beautifully displayed, these true colors of society in name and paint!

    Photo by Erol Han Havaceken, currently featured by Art & Architecture on Facebook.

     
  • Brigit Law 6:12 pm on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    What’s Your Slogan? 

    It’s amazing, that feeling when you hit on a slogan that is really you.

    For me, it’s this one of Dr Seuss, that sums up my whole life since I left home at eighteen.

    “From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
    ― Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

    What slogan says it all for you?’

     
    • themysticmom 5:14 am on August 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Great question! I think I have several. One of my favorites came in an anniversary card from my in- laws: “Everywhere you go becomes a part of you somehow.”. This is so soothing for those of us who like to grow “deep roots,” but are all too often uprooted and transplanted again! 🙂

  • Brigit Law 5:46 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Leadership: In three or four steps? 

    As an Storyteller & Leadership enthausiast, I like to work with script writing structures in my communication work, in particular the three-step approach: Beginning , Middle, and End.  

    As an Equestrian & Leadership enthausiast, however, I have recently started to work with the four-step approach: Request, Pressure, Response, and Reward.

    Why?

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    • Ashkuff 3:44 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I totally feel people’s complaints that the gov’t “did not inform well enough.” During the 2004 Atlantic Hurricane Season, my disabled grandmother wasn’t able to evacuate very well, so my mother and I trailed behind with her.

      A State Representative I spoke with in 2011 scoffed at our behavior, and told me that the Red Cross could’ve outfitted my grandmother with a free wheelchair.

      Although that’s a pretty cool rescource, we weren’t informed about it until seven years after we needed it. Lolz.

      — Ashkuff | http://www.ashkuff.com | Bored with reading about others’ adventures? Burning to venture out yourself? Let this applied anthropologist remind you how.

    • Brigit Law 6:18 pm on August 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, crisis management is something people don’t want to communicate about until it is (too) late. A compulsary download of a Red Cross App would be no luxery in today’s world.

  • Brigit Law 5:49 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Change Management, , , Julia Roberts, , Mona Lisa,   

    Change comes … naturally. 

    Just like the equestrian world is talking about natural horsemanship, the managerial world should start talking (more) about natural change management.

    I just watched the film Mona Lisa smile on TV, a film set in 1953 with Julia Roberts as the art teacher Ms Watson who tries to inspire conservative young women in the 1950s to reach beyond their role as housewife, go to university and become leaders in society. Ms Watson, who used art to help her students to think out of the box, was desperate to make a change, but almost failed because of driving it too hard.

    I did not know the film, nor that it would be on TV tonight. So, it felt a real treat that I bumped onto this great movie among the tons of stuff I don’t like on TV.

    The beauty of this film comes at the end. The film follows the great classic storytelling technique with a clear moral and message for society where people (women) can relate to for years to come. People’s ‘wanting’ was trying to overshadow people’s ‘being’ and the ‘conscious & controlled behavior’ tried to win from the ‘subconscious & natural behavior’.

    Fortunately, the latter won. As the film says at the end:

    Don’t try to hard too make a change. Just be true to yourself and change will come …, naturally.

     
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