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Issue: 38
May 18, 2015
Families in Global Transition is a welcoming forum for globally mobile individuals, families, and those working with them. We promote cross-sector connections for sharing research and developing best practices that support the growth, success and well-being of people crossing cultures around the world. 
As program chair, I wanted to let you know FIGT's program committee is already busy behind the scenes working on FIGT16NL. We've received significant feedback from attendees of FIGT15 who have been interacting with us and suggesting content. We've made some adjustments to our program committee, pulling in more Board Members with specific subject matter interest and experience, to help ensure our next conference's program is even bigger and better!

As the event draws closer, we will be reaching out for proposals for the various types of talks (e.g., concurrent sessions, panels, ignite sessions, kitchen table conversations, etc.). If you're thinking about submitting a proposal, I would suggest you have a look at the wide variety of topics and presentations addressed at the 2015 conference by checking out the schedule and variety of different types of talks here.

We'll be updating our official FIGT website, LinkedIn and Facebook pages, as well as creating Facebook Events, as more information becomes available about the conference.

Given the popularity and reach of social media, I am hoping most of next year's speakers and attendees will have Twitter, Facebook and other social media accounts and blogs so we can really see their impact on getting information out to our increasingly global audience. All FIGT watchers and potential attendees can use this hashtag -- #FIGT16NL -- to tie into the upcoming conference to be held in spring 2016 in The Netherlands.

I also would like to see how we could do more via text message, and seek session evaluations during the conference through some interface to stop killing trees for written speaker evaluations forms! If this is an area you are an expert in, please reach out to the program committee.

Finally, we'd like to thank all the writers, bloggers and attendees of FIGT15 for taking the conference content and spreading it so widely. This wonderful support already has many people deciding to come to #FIGT16NL!

-- Julia Simens, Program Chair
Founded in 2007, Dwellworks has extensive experience, leadership and service in the relocation industry, delivering innovative, efficient and cost-effective relocation and real estate solutions. Dwellworks' mission is to bring knowledgeable, authentic and innovative people dedicated to providing the world's best relocation support services. 

The company offers a comprehensive suite of services including Destination Services for relocating employees and their families, Property Management for both vacant and tenant-occupied homes, and Valuation Services for relocation, specialty and mortgage appraisal needs. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Dwellworks delivers services in Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Luxembourg, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Not surprisingly, our people are central to our success. They are reliable, responsive, collaborative, and creative. Through this team of engaged associates and knowledgeable suppliers, Dwellworks is able to deliver proven solutions to our clients. We do so by valuing and respecting our clients and each other. We strive to inspire, educate and learn.

We also collaborate, solve problems and achieve goals together while making a positive impact on the people and communities we serve. An important way we have done this over the years is by supporting FIGT through conference sponsorship and serving on Board positions.

FIGT would like to thank Dwellworks for its significant financial and volunteer support, and looks forward to continuing our partnership in the years to come. Find them online at http://www.dwellworks.com.

The annual FIGT Conference this past March included a fair number of the 120+ members of the FIGT Research Network
. Prior to the conference kickoff, the research network members met for several hours at the annual Research Forum. The Research Forum is an opportunity for researchers and research consumers to talk and connect with others in the field and discuss current projects and areas in need of research. This year, the need to broaden the scope of TCK research to include research based in other countries, and for more comparative research, were emphasized. Out of the Research Forum came the ambitious goal of working throughout the year to create an online bibliography of TCK research.

In addition to the Research Forum, several research network members presented during the conference on current research, including Sarah Gonzales, who presented a historical review of the body of TCK research, and Ann Baker Cottrell, who reported findings of a survey on how the term TCK is understood today.

Given the success of the 2015 Research Forum and the presentations on current research, the Research Network is already looking for participants interested in sharing their research at the next FIGT Conference in the Netherlands in 2016! If you are working on a research project and want to share your results, you can do so in several ways: at the next conference; in the FIGT Research Network Newsletter; or by submitting an article to the Network's online journal. The Network has been instrumental in launching a new multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal called The Journal of Cross-Cultural Family Studies. Check here for more information.

If you want to get involved with the FIGT Research Network at the next conference, or want to join (it's free!) contact Sarah Gonzales at figtresearchnetwork@gmail.com.



FIGT Boston Affiliate


The FIGT Boston Affiliate meets every 6-8 weeks in a member's home on a weekend afternoon for wine, cheese, networking, and a lively discussion around cross-cultural issues that impact our lives or work. If you are in the Boston area and would like to know when our next meeting is, you can email Tina Quick at  tinaquick@comcast.net or Anne Copeland at copeland@interchangeinstitute.org.

Also, the FIGT Boston Affiliate has now created a LinkedIn group and welcomes you to join. The FIGT Boston Affiliate LinkedIn Group is a place to share innovations, discuss ideas and develop collaborations amongst professionals in the Greater Boston area and beyond interested in the cross-cultural aspects of global transitions. 


FIGT Korea Affiliate

Throughout the year, the FIGT Korea Affiliate organizes monthly meetings to support TCKs and expat families in Korea. For more information on the upcoming meeting, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/tcknetworkkorea/.

For more information about the FIGT Korea Affiliate, check out their page on the FIGT website or contact Isabelle Min at minisabelle@tck.or.kr


FIGT Netherlands Affiliate

The FIGT NL Affiliate is thrilled #FIGT16NL is heading their way, with next year's FIGT global conference taking place in The Netherlands!

The next Affiliate meeting is scheduled for June 5th, 2015, featuring Anne Parker and Diane Lemieux discussing their book, The Mobile Life. While previous meetings have been hosted by Expat Kids Club or The Expatriate Archive Centre, this meeting will be hosted by Webster University, The Netherlands, the only U.S.-accredited university in The Netherlands offering both a BA/BS and MA/MBA education. Webster ensures high quality learning experiences that prepare students for global citizenship and individual excellence. Check them out online at www.webster.nl.

For more information about the FIGT Netherlands Affiliate, check out their page on the FIGT website or contact Co-Creators Kate Berger, Kristine Racina or Vivian Chiona at netherlands@figt.org.

FIGT Switzerland Affiliate

For information about the FIGT Switzerland Affiliate, check out their page on the FIGT website or contact them at switzerland@figt.org.


Be sure to check out Amanda McCue's Being a Bridge for Those Who Are Leaving as the season for global transitions heats up, and Naomi Hattaway's take on global friendships, I've Lost My Mojo

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