Australian insights relevant to dislocation

Insights into the brilliance of traditional Songlines

Songlines are an archive for powerful knowledges that ensured Australia’s many Indigenous cultures flourished for over 60,000 years. Much more than a navigational path in the cartographic sense, these vast and robust stores of information are encoded through song, story, dance, art and ceremony, rather than simply recorded in writing [Publisher's text].

A lecture from 2017 on how Structural Racism exists and impacts our societies today.

Intercultural and cross-cultural experiences

Moving to another city, state or country can be surprisingly challenging. Once the initial excitement of studying abroad, landing a new job or igniting a new relationship has abated following the so-called 'honeymoon phase', many people find it far more difficult to settle into their new environment than they ever imagined. On the other hand, some issues only arise long after the relocation has taken place. 

This 'dislocation' can be due to any number of reasons, including:

Many people also feel they are unable to raise the issues they may be experiencing with the 'locals' out of a sense of respect or for fear of upsetting their 'hosts' or partners/spouses.

Furthermore, most relocation businesses do not yet provide professional psychological support for their clients (+ spouse/family) beyond 'cross-cultural training' programs and/or the services aimed at the tangible objective needs of the moving parties. If you are feeling a bit like a 'fish out of water', please feel free to contact me to organise a few sessions to work through your most pressing issues and explore available options.

Crash course by Dr  Fons Trompenaars on cultural dimensions

Crash course on Hofstede's model of national cultural differences

A number of young adults discuss their personal experiences with culture shock in various countries

The 5 phases of culture shock

The concept of Power Distance

How an organisation can  support and retain returning expats

Some useful relocation and mobility resources: