• May 19, 2016

What is Anthropology?

When I tell people I meet that I’m an anthropologist, I sometimes get a blank stare in return. Occasionally someone will ask if I’ve dug up any cool artifacts lately or if I’m like that lady on the TV show Bones. One acquaintance nicknamed me “Jane Goodall.” Another challenged me to name all of the dinosaurs ever discovered. Even people who do know a little about cultural anthropology are sometimes surprised when I tell them that I did my doctoral fieldwork among corporate executives on the island of Singapore, a global city, rather than studying the kava ceremony on the island of Tonga, for example.

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  • Mar 23, 2016

What is Culture Shock?

The first time I lived abroad, in Argentina, I wrote an excited letter to an old friend. “I am living in a place that is very similar to the States in most ways,” I told him, “and yet everything in daily life takes place in Spanish. More amazing altogether: while there are tons of things I don’t understand, I am able to function very well.”

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  • Feb 24, 2016

Low- and High-Context Communication

One morning during my fieldwork in Mexico, the dog dragged my freshly washed dress off the line and into the mud. I swore at him under my breath, and a member of the family I was staying with heard me but said nothing.

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  • Feb 24, 2016

Alelo and First Mobile Education Partner to Bring Advanced Virtual-Education and Training Solutions to Canada

Alelo Inc. has partnered with Canadian e-learning leader First Mobile Education to bring virtual-education and training solutions to New Brunswick and the rest of Canada. E-learning solutions to benefit New Brunswick by helping students and workers acquire vital skills for the 21st Century global marketplace.

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  • Feb 04, 2016

TD Magazine features Alelo’s Experts on the Issue of Perspective-Taking Across Generations

Alelo’s CEO W. Lewis Johnson and applied anthropologist Asya Anderson have teamed up to discuss the importance of perspective-taking skills in the latest edition of TD Magazine. Using the tools of social science, they tackle the issue of communication in a multigenerational workforce, and provide solutions for working across generational divides.

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  • Jan 13, 2016

Alelo and USC Institute for Creative Technologies Announce Partnership to Co-develop Disruptive Learning Technologies

Alelo Inc. and the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) at the University of Southern California have partnered to co-develop highly effective, economical virtual role-playing learning technology that teaches competency, communication and collaboration across generations, cultures, mindsets and organizational levels. Virtual role-playing (VRP) provides personalized learning interactions with artificially intelligent, computer-based characters programmed to teach, challenge,…

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  • Jan 13, 2016

Individualism and Collectivism

When my friends in Mexico migrate within the country, they always go to places where they have family or townspeople. Even if they’ve heard that jobs are more plentiful elsewhere, it’s better to have a network. The community can get you a job, they tell me. In fact, the community is practically obligated to get you a job. The community is obligated to do anything within its power to support its members.

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  • Dec 09, 2015

Linguistic Differences Around the U.S.

It’s easy to assume that cultures correspond to countries, but the reality is much more complex, and the same is true for languages. You probably know, for instance, that Spanish is spoken in dozens of countries around the world, and that it is spoken a bit differently in each. But what you may not realize is that cultural and linguistic differences occur on a much more local level as well.

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  • Dec 01, 2015

Alelo Announces Strategic Partnerships with O’Donnell Learn and Executive Development Associates

Alelo Inc. has partnered with Executive Development Associates and O’Donnell Learn, two prominent companies in competency-based education and professional development, to co-develop and co-market applications for the Alelo® Workplace Coach. The system is an employee-development breakthrough that allows organizations to provide all their workers with highly effective, affordable workplace readiness and competency training.

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  • Nov 23, 2015

Alelo Highlights at I/ITSEC Advances in Competency-Based Training and Education

Alelo Inc. will showcase its latest advances in competency-based training and education at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando from November 30 to December 4.

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