Russian Keys

The Fun Kiwi Guide to Cultural Intelligence

09 September 2014 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Full
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

Overview: Come join us in a fascinating tour across cultures and languages with our ‘un-lonely planet guide’ to intercultural communication. Globalisation, intermarriage and the communications revolution are all increasing the interaction between different nations and cultures. In this course, you will learn how to communicate effectively across cultures for things such as business, tourism or family life. You will also gain ideas about what not to do…
 
Target audience: This course is for anyone:
- who is interested in intercultural communication
- who loves international travel and experiencing other cultures
- who enjoys the diversity of different languages and cultures
- who has an international family who wants to be successful in working in multinational business and public environments.
 
Learning objectives: By the end of this course, participants will have:
- gained the ability to see the world through the eyes of other peoples and cultures
- learned ways to use this new knowledge to effectively live and work in different linguistic and cultural settings.
 

Cultural Intelligence: Effective Interactions in the Global Economy

30 MAY 2014 & 23/24 OCTOBER 2014 Location: VICTORIA UNIVERSITY, Wellington Book now
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

Overview: In the rapidly changing global environment, the work of officials with counterparts abroad can have a critical role to play in supporting and promoting New Zealand’s interests, especially business interests. Cultural intelligence can provide one of the keys to success. The history, roots, and values of people from another culture influence and shape their way of seeing the world and of doing business.
You will learn how some aspects of New Zealand’s ways of doing things can affect, both positively and negatively, your links with officials abroad. You will learn how to communicate with officials from another culture, and to understand how to create the relationships and collaborative approaches that will advantage New Zealand. Case histories from emerging economies, including Russia and former Soviet states, will be used to illustrate the challenges and opportunities.

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The Modern Face of Russia: Russian Women: Stereotypes and Reality

SEPTEMBER 2013 Location: NZ INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, Nelson Full
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

The workshop is dedicated to a controversial yet most important topic of women in Russia and their status. The historical and cultural analysis is illustrated through various visual material including my family photo archive. You will learn more about the following:

Russian women-leaders. Russia is known for being a patriarchal country, women make up only 13 percent of deputies in the Russian State Duma and at the federal level, their representation is even lower - at 6 percent. In 2012, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Russian was ranked 96 - as one of the bottom countries in terms of women’s participation in politics and decision-making processes, along with Somalia and Swaziland - with only 13 female senators out of a total of 163. As well as being limited in number, Russia's women politicians aren't portrayed as having a lot of influence, and none of them were listed in the Forbes’ ranking of “the world’s most powerful women”.

Linguistics & National Security: A View from Russia

MAY, SEPTEMBER 2013 Location: MASSEY UNIVERSITY, Wellington Full
Speaker(s)
Author
Dr Olga Suvorova

Director, Russian Keys Limited

Linguistics and National Security are tightly connected.
Language as a mirror of culture reflects good and bad developments within a nation.
Language is a treasure box and a tool which moulds people from their birth.
The art of communication in the modern world is extremely important. When we study foreign languages and cultures, and when we try to understand them and unveil them then we have access to the best what is in the world – new discoveries, new perceptions. We also have more chances to prevent global terrorism and wrong doings. More disputes and wars can be avoided if people treat and use languages with more care and attention.
The greatest Russian poet Alexander Pushkin said: Which can be paraphrased as “I detest everything about my country but if a foreigner shares such an opinion with me I hate him!”

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