Culture Pop-up: “Listen to and share human stories” on 19 JAN 2017

Culture PopupToday, we live door to door with people having a migration background. Some are in Switzerland for a while, others arrived shortly. Have you ever asked yourself if you know their stories? Do we know what it means be a migrant in Switzerland?

This Culture Pop-Up provides a unique opportunity to engage from human to human in a simple environment – to listen to personal stories, to get an insight, to ask questions respectfully, to learn about different cultures and to be in a dialogue with each other.

The event will be held on 19 January 2017.

It will be held in German/English

Moderation: Christa Uehlinger, President SIETAR Switzerland,
Natalie Fasnacht, Camera Arts Student HSLU, experienced in youth employment.

Afterwards, enjoy a glass of wine, soup and bread and continue meeting each other’s.

As we would like to provide a safe and respectful space, numbers of participants are limited to 12 (first comes, first served).


Contribution: CHF 15 for SIETAR Switzerland members; CHF 25 for Non-members.

We’re looking forward to getting to know you.

Christa Uehlinger and Natalie Fasnacht

Nathalie Fasnacht is a Camera Arts Student HSLU and experienced in youth employment.

Dr. Christa Uehlinger is an experienced independent intercultural advisor with a long international track record. If you would like to know more please have a look at Christa’s bio here.

Payment can be made through SIETAR Switzerland’s bank account number or in cash at the door.

CHF 25 (SIETAR Switzerland non-members)
CHF 15 (SIETAR Switzerland members)

Account no.: 1100-6323.482
IBAN CH58 0070 0110 0063 2328 2
Bank Zürcher Kantonalbank
Organization: SIETAR Switzerland
Reason for Payment: Culture Pop-Up 19 Jan 2017

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Culture Pop-Up “The Culture Salsa” on 4 OCT 2016

salsaDoing The Culture Salsa*Salsa (mixture) is the name of a dance which evolved from multiple dance forms such as Son, Cha cha cha and Mambo, all popular in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Latino communities in New York since the 1940s. Through the years Salsa has gone through a lot of variation and incorporated elements of Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean dances. Different countries have distinct salsa styles of their own Just like salsa or “sauce” in Latin American countries is a mixture of different ingredients, Culture Training blends different elements and your ability to come up with the right mix for each trainee is part of the training’s success!

As you engage in intercultural training and coaching in your day-to-day practice, what kind of a “dancing” partner are you? In this day of blended learning programs and program customization, how do you adjust your style and steps to your partner(s), how do you pace yourself to their rhythm? How do you teach them new steps? When do you lead? When do you let them lead? What kind of “partner” are you most uncomfortable with and why? What can you do to deal with those who refuse to engage and how can you build on your faculty to “improvise”?

Sabine Baerlocher and Anne-Claude Lambelet will facilitate this interactive workshop, engage you to reflect on your style and share some tips and tricks to keep the Salsa alive.

Who should attend? While this session is primarily directed to Intercultural trainers and coaches, anyone interested in intercultural interactions and creating connections across cultures is most welcome to attend and expand his or her ability to adjust their style in day to day interactions.

What will you get out of the session?

  • An exchange of best practices,
  • An occasion to reflect on your own training style,
  • An opportunity to learn other “steps”.

When: 4 October 2016
Registration: 5.45 PM
Program start : 6.00 PM, duration 2 hours.

Venue: UBIS University, Avenue Blanc 46, 1202 Geneva

Our special thanks to our conference room sponsor : UBIS University, Geneva

Cost: Free of charge for members, non-members will be asked to pay CHF 45.-

To register: Please email to Anne-Claude Lambelet and forward proof of payment to SIETAR Switzerland’s bank account with your registration.

Account Number: 01-4565-8
Bank: Credit Suisse, Winterthur


Sabine Baerlocher owns and manages Active Relocation, based in Geneva, since 2000. Sabine studied law with a specialization in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. She grew up in Geneva and has worked and lived in France, the USA and the German part of Switzerland.


Anne-Claude Lambelet, Vice President of SIETAR Switzerland

Anne-Claude Lambelet has lived and worked internationally all her life and has extensive first-hand knowledge and understanding of various cultures and countries in Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Anne-Claude has over 20 years’ successful experience in high-level expatriate management, support, and training. She is the founder and director of ACL Consulting.

Anne-Claude is a recognized trainer and coach for intercultural and professional transition issues. She delivers Intercultural Communication Training, Cross Cultural Training, and Repatriation Training as well as Global Mindset Development and Multicultural Teams Effectiveness workshops. A regular trainer and speaker for professional associations and institutes of higher learning, she also served on the Board of Families In Global Transition (FIGT), a non-profit association focused on supporting families on the move of which she is currently Co-Chair of the Swiss Affiliate.

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SIETAR Switzerland Culture Pop-Up “On the Road with Migrants”

We would like to invite you to the next Culture Pop-Up in Zurich: The Migration Game on Tuesday, 10 May 2016. The event will be held in German.

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Culture Pop-Up 22 OCT 2015


by Christa Uehlinger

Great, active participants, a nice place, an apéro and three authors these were the ingredients making the last Culture Pop-Up on “Developing intercultural competence by playing and storytelling” on 22 October in Winterthur an inspiring evening. The creators of the game, Christa Uehlinger, Hans Lampalzer and René Schrackmann gave an input on how they started to work together, what it took to elaborate the game, what the intention was and also what is meant by intercultural competence.

IMG_2742Then they focused mainly on how these stories could be used in trainings and coaching to build awareness for different cultures as well as for one’s own and to explore these critical moment by asking “what happened?”. This question is key in developing intercultural competence as it is of utmost importance to be a cultural detective and not to oversee tiny details which could make a difference in an interaction. Sadly enough, nowadays people tend to be distracted and not paying enough attention on observing.

“Puzzling Intercultural Stories” is a compilation of 50 short stories based on real events. They raise awareness of the importance of a culture of cooperation and are excellent tools to practice lateral thinking outside of the box and changing perspectives. After this input, it was time for the participants to play and to experience it themselves. They liked it a lot and the final questions were discussed during the apéro which also was a great opportunity to network and to tie the knots within SIETAR Switzerland.

Culture Pop Up


Where to order

If you’d like to order the game via LinkingPeople. The English version is called Puzzling Intercultural Stories and the German version is called “Interkulturelle Crazy Business Stories 3″. 




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Culture Pop-Up: Cultural Values, Market Value and Self-Esteem – Sharing Best Practice to support our Clients

In intercultural training and coaching, we often work with clients who want to increase their self-confidence and market value. We help them to better promote themselves, better communicate their achievements and to ask for adequate compensation for products and services. In this process, awareness of the personal value system and a sound sense of self-worth are key success factors.

This Culture Pop–Up presents a platform to brainstorm and to exchange ideas on working with and around values, extending the discussion to include an intercultural perspective. What are the cultural aspects that have an influence on self-esteem and self-worth? How do values shift when a person is entering a new cultural environment?

I look forward to an interesting and lively discussion while sharing a drink or glass of wine! This will be an Apero-style event, with snacks and drinks. Non-members are welcome but members will be given preference. We kindly ask you to contribute towards the snacks.

Date: Wednesday, 29 July 2015

7 PM to 9 PM: Location will be communicated to RSVP’s only but is close to Zug and Lucerne.

Please RSVP by Friday, 24 July 2015 directly to Anke Berning.

More about Anke Berning.

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