03 Dec Ireti: Social Science Fiction
Ireti: Social Science Fiction
Set in the future on a spaceship called Ireti, the society is divided into six paradigms with very different ways of organizing their societies. Starting with a murder and ending with a revolution, the reader learns about the social sciences in the form of a novel. By following teams of investigators, the different paradigms are examined from the point of view of sociology, anthropology, economics, politics, linguistics, geography and law. The objective is to examine theoretical models and ideas used in the social sciences in an abstract world to see how they would work and to do so in the form of a story to make the learning happen in a way that makes the students think critically and with greater interest.
I have 18 years of experience in education and training at all levels – from company director, to course coordinator, designer and lecturer; in both the private and public sectors; from undergraduate university students to masters level; and more than 40 nationalities. I am responsible for spearheading projects and delivering high-impact sessions, workshops, and courses in the subject areas of Intercultural Communication, Leadership, Negotiations and Presentations. To date, I have taught more than 6,000 students in these subjects.
I have designed new models (such as CO-OPS©, PEXSIX©, P.O.L.I.T.E.©, The Negotiation Jungle©, STAR Presentation©, Ten Pillars of Intercultural Communication© and The Marketing Triangle©) to help teach these subjects.
My courses are generally tailor-made for each client and due to my many years of proven experience, I am able to adapt those courses continuously to the needs of my students. I work with several different teams of instructors who share my experience and belief that learning can be made easy – when you know how.
I have co-authored a book – “The Negotiation Jungle” – which describes the 16 main negotiating styles and a reference book for more than 400 tricks and tactics commonly used in negotiations.
I believe the reason people want to work with me (at ICEX-CECO for example, I have given courses since 2004) is because I am creative, solve problems, adapt continuously, work well with teams and always strive to motivate and develop both my students and the people I work alongside. I not only bring these abilities but also a belief that education can make everyone’s life better. To all of that, I add as much energy as possible to all my courses to make the learning experience even more enriching for my students.
And finally, but possibly most importantly, I consider myself fortunate to have learned and to continue to learn from my students at least as much as I share with them.