How to “Join” CID

About CIDRecently, more people have been asking how to “join” CID. As there is no membership fee, this turns into a question about how to join the CID community.  More details are provided on the What We Do page, but here’s a brief summary.

To start, learn about the group; read About CIDWhat is CID?, CID PeopleWhat we do, skim through the CID missionhistory, and/or read our brochureFAQ, or Wikipedia entry.

Then, see how the group can be useful to you, and how you can participate in the group. Look over the publications to see if you want to use some of what’s here, or notice a gap where you can contribute something new. If you’re fluent in a language other than English, and want to translate any of the concepts, case studies, or posters, or if you’re able to review translations by others, send an email. Once you contribute something, you earn a profile on the site, which helps others learn about you and your interests. If you’re a student (up to and including doctoral level), submit a video to the CID Video Competition. If you’re faculty, tell your students about the competition.

If this looks like a helpful organization for you, sign up through WordPress directly (through your own WP site if you have one, or through email – top right of page on a computer screen, bottom on a smart phone) or subscribe using social media platform you visit most: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, or YouTube. Any of these ensures you will learn when a new post appears; none of them adds you to a listserve (there isn’t one). None of your information is shared with any other organization.

Change to CID Website Format

About CIDThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue is changing the basic website template as of today. The goal is to adopt a responsive theme so that the increasing number of followers who access the site on mobile devices will be able to locate content and move around the menu. Hopefully it will be an easy transition for all. Advance apologies for any glitches that occur during the transition; they will be repaired as quickly as possible.

One note: to access the category cloud that used to show on the bottom left of the home page, you now need to click on any post and it will show at the bottom of the page again.

You are welcome to send comments about this, as about all other matters.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue AT gmail.com

CID has Passed 2000 Subscribers!

About CIDThanks to all of you who have subscribed to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue’s website, we have crossed the 2000 mark!

2000 followers

This number includes those who have followed through WordPress (available only to those with their own WP sites), those who have signed up for email notifications, as well as those who follow through Facebook, Twitter, or Google+. WordPress cannot directly track those who have joined the CID LinkedIn group (currently at 274 members), or who follow on YouTube or Pinterest, so the actual number of subscribers in fact now totals 2349! It took 3 1/2 years to reach 1000, but only another 2 years to pass 2000. Likes on Facebook, retweets on Twitter, and sharing of posts all expand our reach, and are much appreciated.

Profiles and the CID publication series Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue receive considerable numbers of views, as do guest posts (which you can access through the word cloud at the bottom left of any page). Even the Wikipedia article on CID is read half a dozen times each day.

As the number of followers has increased, email sent to CID has increased as well. The largest single number of viewers are from the US, but it is people outside the US who most often write in with requests of various sorts. As an example, the past week brought emails from Colombia, Switzerland, Nigeria, Greece, and New Zealand; the week before that from Ghana, Hong Kong, Malta, Belgium and Serbia. I try to answer all emails within a few days, and to post relevant information that is submitted about conferences, publication opportunities, fellowships, grants, post-docs, etc. within a week, though occasionally there is a longer line.

I very much appreciate your support.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue [at] gmail.com

CID is 5 Years Old!

About CIDThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue was officially established in March 2010, so this month marks our fifth anniversary. As a reminder, CID grew out of the National Communication Association’s Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue, held at Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey, July 22–26, 2009. When participants wanted a way to encourage further international connections for intercultural research, a proposal was brought before the Council of Communication Associations‘ Board of Directors at their March 2010 meeting to create the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, which was approved. I was appointed Director of CID at that same meeting, and asked to prepare necessary documents and establish an Advisory Board, all of which were approved at the CCA meeting in September 2010. (Further history has already been published, so it won’t be repeated here.)

This WordPress site was established in 2010, with other social media following in 2011 (Facebook), 2013 (Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Pinterest), and 2014 (a Wikipedia article). Nearly 2000 people now follow CID across one or more of these fora, and requests now arrive every few days to post information to this community.

Thanks to all those who have made this project possible, to all those who have connected with CID in some fashion, and to all those who have contributed to CID in any way.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director

CID in The Washington Post

About CIDI was contacted a few days ago by a reporter at the The Washington Post, who asked me to discuss the comments made by Airbnb about their impact on intercultural relations. She did a fair job of representing what I said. See for yourself:

Dewey, Caitlin. (2014, November 24). How Airbnb promotes world peace. The Washington Post.

If you’ve stayed in Airbnb yourself and want to join the conversation, add a comment below.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID has 1000 Subscribers!

About CIDAccording to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue’s website, we have just crossed the 1000 mark!

CID at 1000 subscribers

This number includes those who have signed up through WordPress for email notification each time a new post appears, as well as those who follow us through Facebook, Twitter, or Google +. WordPress cannot track those who have joined the CID LinkedIn group (which currently stands at 112), or who find CID through YouTube or Pinterest, so the actual number of subscribers is actually even higher. It took 3 1/2 years to get to this point, but presumably it will take a lot less time to get to 2000!

As the number of followers has increased, CID’s email has increased as well. We try to answer all emails within a few days, and to post relevant information within a week.

We very much appreciate your support.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID is on Wikipedia

About CIDIn case there has been any doubt, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue definitely exists – and we know this because now there is a Wikipedia entry saying so!

CID Wikipedia entry

This was created as one response to the National Communication Association’s call for increased entries on communication-related topics by communication specialists. (Details may be found on the NCA Wikipedia Initiative page.) For those who have not yet created an article on Wikipedia, the official standards are quite stringent about what is sufficiently “notable” to merit an article. (Of course, that doesn’t mean all articles currently posted meet those standards.) And there is an elaborate formal system to learn in order to participate in the site. But in today’s world, there is a sense in which any serious endeavor should be represented there, so it seemed worthwhile creating an article.

Minh Cao gets credit for taking the time to first learn the guidelines, and post the first draft. For those who have not yet created articles, a warning: this took 3 drafts over 2 months, and help from 4 different editors at Wikipedia, before approval was granted for a substantially shorter article than originally envisioned. Apparently such delay and critique are common.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID and Social Media

About CIDIn addition to the Facebook group page developed several years ago, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue now has a social media presence that includes LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google+.

social media logos

Nearly all of this activity is due to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director.  Minh also learned the required format to post on Wikipedia – an entry on CID is currently under review and will be described in a post once it is public. [UPDATE: CID is now on Wikipedia as well!]

Several colleagues have asked why a broad social media presence is valuable (and whether it is worth the considerable time it takes). The short answer is that social media permit CID to meet interculturalists on whatever platform they choose to spend their time. A further question might be: are so many people really using social media today? The answer to that comes from the Pew Internet and American Life Project which just posted their Social Media Update for 2013. They conclude:

Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites.

Substantial thanks are due to Minh for making the CID accessible across multiple platforms in 2013. The goal for 2014 will be to determine what content best fits each of these contexts, and to expand the impact of the CID as a result.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID has Pinterest Account

About CIDPinterest-CIDThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue recently started a Pinterest account, thanks to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director.

For those who prefer to access information through visual rather than verbal content, this will be a place to go to see images related to intercultural dialogue that have originally been posted to this website, or on other similar sites (such as UNESCO, UNAOC or ACIDI). Current content includes photographs, images from our publications, and word clouds used on the site. It’s also a good way to see what websites we’ve been surfing.

CID has a LinkedIn Group

About CIDThe Center for Intercultural Dialogue recently started a LinkedIn group, thanks to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director.

CID LinkedIn group

The purpose of this group is to permit conversations among those who share interests in intercultural dialogue. It is open to conversations among members not only on intercultural dialogue as a narrow focus, but also on a broad range of topics related to international or intercultural communication, dialogue, or international collaborative research more generally. This website is not a convenient place to hold conversations, so the LinkedIn group is designed to fill that gap.

Examples of appropriate topics:
* Asking for help in locating resources on a subject
* Asking for contacts in a particular country
* Questioning how others respond to particular intercultural problems
* Asking opinions about a topic of general interest
* Posting an academic job, so long as it has to do with intercultural or dialogue topics, or if it is outside the US (if it meets the latter requirements but is non-academic, it may still be fine; if you post it and we don’t think it fits, we’ll delete it) – but post jobs under the job tab or they will be moved there