Cultural Vistas Blog

Watch: Discussion on Global Skills and The Future of Work

Cultural Vistas recently hosted an enlightening and informative discussion on the value of global skill development and the future of work and the workforce at its European office in Berlin on July 5. Jennifer Clinton, Cultural Vistas’ President and CEO, and Florian Peter, Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, led the talk, which covered:

McKinsey’s Florian Peter and Cultural Vistas’ Jennifer Clinton lead a discussion on the future of work at Cultural Vistas European office in Berlin.

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Journalism Fellowship Provides Students with Perspective, Skills to Combat Disinformation

With almost two-thirds of adults in the United States saying that they feel like ‘fake news’ is sowing confusion over basic facts of current issues and events, Cultural Vistas recently launched its Journalism in the Era of Disinformation (JED) Fellowship to better equip eight German and eight American journalists for a modern news media environment plagued by disinformation and falsehood.

Fellows met with journalists and others combating disinformation in a variety of different media environments across Washington, D.C.; Charlottesville, Virginia; and New York City.

Though the travel portion of their fully-funded weeklong program ended in May, the fellows continue to exchange ideas online to deepen their understanding of disinformation with the ultimate aim of sharing their findings with a wider audience.

We recently caught up with the fellows and learned about the key takeaways of their fellowship.

The 2018 JED Fellows in Washington, D.C.

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Cheesy Internship Jumpstarts Career in Food Industry

It’s four in the morning. Everyone else is asleep in her small alpine town, but Taylor Pfeiffer has been up all night drinking Nespresso and waiting to flip cheeses.

This was a common occasion for Taylor the year she interned in Germany at an artisanal creamery through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) program. As an international agriculture major at Cornell University, she had other overseas farming experiences, but had always wanted to spend time in Germany, where her grandparents immigrated from. She was particularly interested in the dairy industry due to its cultural cache in the country.

“I just really wanted to explore the culture surrounding cheese, dairy, and traditional pastoralism,” said Taylor, who had experimented with making her own cheese in the past. “This seemed the perfect opportunity to do it.”

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CBYX alum Taylor Pfeiffer spends summers in Alaska fishing for Salmon

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Study Tour Sets Scottish Alum on Path for Career in Sports Journalism

Though Jamie Braidwood can trace his interest in sports writing back to a school assignment he completed at the age of 13, the native of Dunblane, Scotland’s ambition for a career in sports journalism really took hold in 2013 when he won an essay contest rewarding him and eight fellow student journalists with a two-week study tour in the United States.

At the young age of 15, the Update America Student Journalist Exchange enabled Jamie to learn about the journalism industry, as well as to experience American culture firsthand. It also proved influential to his current career pursuits.

Jamie Braidwood, pictured on a recent trip to Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, is a 2013 alum of the Update America Student Journalist Exchange.

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Global Learning By Design: Iraqi Architect Duo Aspires to Start Own Firm After U.S. Internship

Elation. Gratitude. Pride.

These were the emotions Dalia Raad and Shams Qais, two architecture students from Al-Nahrain University in Baghdad, felt when they learned they won the Bridging the Gap design studio competition and earned internships in Washington, D.C. at Gensler, a leading global architecture, design, and planning firm.

It was the culmination of four months of video conferencing, social media, early wake up calls, hard work and collaboration, which paired fourth-year architecture students from Al-Nahrain with graduate students from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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From L to R: Dalia Raad, Katelynn Ziegler-Hall, and Shams Qais at Gensler’s Washington, D.C. offices

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