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How is your work cross-cultural?

Innovation and problem solving run across all cultural boundaries. It is more a questions of understanding the personal interaction and management norms within each cultural environment.

Posted by Scott Wilker

I would say culturally competent. I work with principles of practice which can be adopted in culturally diverse ways. My methods are neutral and purposely designed to translate across organizational, ethnic, community, discipline and sector differences.

Posted by Andrea Schneider

Working with multicultural teams (mainly Chinese-English bilingual) Working with MNCs entering China, trying to understand the domestic market here. Helping domestic Chinese companies (and even SOEs) pursuing innovation efforts, growing design (thinking) teams. In every way, every day.

Posted by Aram Armstrong

The internet is a global community.. though many voices are too often suppressed in mainstream american dialogs on the subject. That said, having been raised as something of a polyglot, I know no other way to approach everything in life than from multiple simultaneous cultural perspectives.

Posted by Marc Escobosa

for the last five years or so, i've been trying to work across geographies... does that make my work cross-cultural? :/)

Posted by Marcelo Marer

I work in Europe. I have little choice but to make sure that all I do is respectful of cultural nuance. Interactions with people is a key component, you must show in your work and your actions that you respect the cultural need and simultaneously be understood and a person of new ideas. Therein lies a desire to create opportunities that transcend as many cultural hurdles as possible.

Posted by Dorian Sweet

Humor and insight ought to be universal. Ought to be.

Posted by Owen Thomas

i will come back to this - gotta run for now! THANK YOU!

Posted by Michele Ronsen

I've spend over two years of my life traveling the world and hope those experiences shape my interactions with people and shine through in my work.

Posted by Marla Aufmuth

The work I do is culture agnostic. We provide the tools which enable solutions in whatever language, region, culture.

Posted by Keath Chan

Imagination is a universal language...and creative projects can communicate on many levels from art to music to sheer emotion.

Posted by Jill Dryer

The world we live in is cross-cultural. Culture is all about connections and my work is all about making connections. With so many things converging—cultures, media, technology, entertainment— it's an exiting time to be making new products and telling stories. Growing up in a bi-lingual home and having lived in 7 countries has also helped me appreciate different cultural nuances.

Posted by Mark Schermers

Hopefully the work I do isn't about the words, but offers some type of emotional response, which is a language everybody understands.

Posted by Joe Bartolucci

I've lived and worked in many countries: UK, France, and Japan especially. And within the US I've been a part of many sub-cultures. That has let to both a respect for others' points of view, as well as a flexibility of thinking that doesn't see the way things are done as the way they necessarily should be done.

Posted by John Alderman

Every system, microcosm, group, and pattern has its own culture. My work interests center on helping different groups communicate--and understand-- each other.

Posted by Kate Holmes

I work with candidates and employers from a variety of educational, socio-economic, international, and cultural backgrounds. I navigate these differences and similarities on a daily basis.

Posted by Larisa Dzwonczyk

I guess relocating 20 times across 3 continents tends to make my work ooze out some of those experiences.

I am cross-cultural


Posted by Josh Levine

My work is inherently social. In our post-digital world, social is inherently global.

Posted by Guthrie Dolin

All work is cross cultural. Just by mixing with people from different backgrounds, educational level, political differences, different age ranges, etc one is crossing cultures.

Posted by Naomi Stanford

Working with a sustainability mindset requires a person to think vastly and systemically. This includes consideration of all peoples of the earth regardless of community, nationality, religious beliefs and geographic location. When designing systems or creating new products or services, keeping these as considerations during the development process will only help lessen the chance of getting it wrong. (Lessen, not eliminate!)

Posted by Michael Crane

I don't really think of my work in this way. It's more about the task than the person doing the task. The platform is the same.

Posted by Aimee Cardwell

Our quicloud team is spread across the globe -- Tokyo, Prague, Berlin, Colorado, and San Fran. By doing "smart sourcing" in this way, we can essentially work a client project around the clock -- fluidly passing assets and deliverables from one time zone to the next via productivity software. I can also pull out some very dusty business Japanese upon request :-)

Posted by rICh Morrow

I don't think of my work as intentionally cross cultural, but all my influences, experiences, and surroundings definitely are: growing up mixed-race, studying and working abroad, and now raising two children in a bilingual home. As anyone who lives in the Bay Area will attest, this is the new normal, bring it on!

Posted by Jef Bekes

The technologies and ideas pursued are based upon global concepts and, as a designer and a consultant, it's essential I learn from an array of different disciplines to enhance the effectiveness of my own.

Posted by Daniel Friedman

Working in China presents me with interesting cross-cultural experiences every day. Some may think that being ethnically Chinese and fluent in Mandarin would mean that I experience no culture shock and blend in. Just the opposite: even thought I have spent most of my life outside of China, simply looking Chinese means that I am expected to act and speak like every other Chinese person. Right off the bat when meeting a new client or partner, I am expected to understand every cultural nuance or quirk.

Posted by Neil Liang

Right now, I am very mono-cultural as I work remotely and alone!

Posted by Andrea Jenkins

Cities are quintessentially cross-cultural. The nature of a particular city is determined by the interactions of the individuals, businesses and institutions that live and work there. Urban planning focuses on improving the physical environment, which is created by a wide range of disciplines including design, politics and government, business and economics, and infrastructure among others).

Posted by Sarah Patrick

Everyone smiles.

Posted by Stephen Fritz

After college, I went to film school to tell stories and now, though certainly not in the movie business, I feel I am still telling stories - through design, through technology, through interaction.. Drama, comedy, history, love – isn’t that cross-cultural? Besides, my Spanish is pretty bad.

Posted by Steven Spieczny

The truth is, interactive media experiences across 3 screens are not cross-cultural enough, yet (in my day job) -but we're working on that. With the film and music (both enablers of digital storytelling), that is certainly cross-cultural.

Posted by Will Kreth

I wouldn't describe my work as cross-cultural, although I collaborate with global agencies, CPGs and media companies that deliver messages, products, experiences all over the world. These companies are looking to the future, which of course is global. I work across several disciplines (marketing, design, professional services, research, technology) and a multitude of industries and consumer-facing companies - all of which have their own unique cultures, languages, etc.

I'm interested in the influence of culture on moral behavior. The book I'm writing now is about my Irish-American ancestors in the period 1880-1917. It focuses on their conflicts with other immigrants, and especially on their relationships with African Americans.

Posted by Patrick Coffey

Right now I work on products that alter the creative process of publishing, and the news consumption space. I work for a media company with a global reach and teams around the world. It's by nature cross-cultural.

Posted by Elena Haliczer

at the end of the day i believe that work is all about people, relationships and interactions. the truly successful businesses have figured out that hiring and retaining the best people and creating an interesting and innovative business culture is the key to success. those that haven't figured it out probably keep me and many open colony members gainfully employed!

Posted by Vince Santo

Life is cross-cultural and work is simply a component of life. Cultures are not equal to nationalities.

Posted by Chris Tacy

Our brand is invigorated by its adoption in new countries, particularly by a growing fan base in Asia. They are helping us see ourselves in a different way.

Posted by Valerie Hoecke

We are trying to cross the often large cultural divide between marketing and professions such as law and accounting.

Posted by Paul Gladen

I'm lucky enough to work on marketing challenges all around the world so I get to understand insights in cultures other than my own. As part of my job at boom, we also actively seek out people and inspiration from other cultures to help expand how we think about the topics we are working on and see what we can learn from them.

Posted by Jo Foster

Posted by Lauren

I think it's a result of trying to experience new things everyday. If you embrace the idea of always trying something new, and really surround yourself with interesting people and things, it naturally translates into how you think and what you create.

Posted by Gui Borchert

Good work lives outside one's native culture, and I strive for that everyday. Working and living in New York reminds you just how big the world is, with people from every culture working side by side. A good idea is pure.

Posted by Matt Helland

I have worked with many people in many different places. As a people-person, this necessitates cross-cultural consciousness.

Posted by Eric Tam

I work a lot with clients in Japan as well as the US. Bridging Asian and Western cultures across everything from next gen technology to the future of TV and film.

Posted by John Couch

I place culture at the center of how I understand the nature of problems, and the conversations that lead to change. I assume that we each bring knowledge that will be useful for finding the solutions to the problems that we wish to solve. I come to this after living and working in different parts of the world where I have been a learner and a teacher.

Posted by Ellen Coffey

I think everything is cross-cultural through osmosis, but nothing is really cross-cultural unless you explicitly set out to try and meld different influences.

Posted by Karen McGrane

I'm not sure that it is...

Posted by Sasha Koren

Culture is harder to get a bead on as the world grows more homogenous with every stretch of broadband cable laid, but I like to think my work crosses cultural boundaries by serving the content. If the message can transcend sociological differences, hopefully so will the design.

Posted by Todd Patrick

By its nature, my work targets a large portion of the population, whether it's a consumer banking application, a distributed video engine, or a means of buying and selling cars. As a result, the target that I shoot for is broader than what most companies or individuals go for when building great things.

Posted by John Shiple

We work in many cities around the world.

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