In a multicultural, multi ethnic and multiracial world, Intercultural Communication, cultural awareness and its associated training has become not just a buzzword but a necessity for facilitating harmonious and effective working relationships. Intercultural Communication which broadly means communication between people from different cultures, which takes into consideration how this difference affects the interaction is however… Continue reading Why Entrepreneurs, Executives and Organisations should embrace Cultural Awareness Training
On October 10, the world observed World Mental Health Day and it brought to mind a growing interest among Caribbean entities in embracing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as a key part of their corporate and Human Resources strategy. This interest in DEI could signal some hope for mental health policies in the workplace and… Continue reading Emphasise Mental health, empathy in corporate diversity, equity and inclusion policies across the Caribbean
By: Shanoy Coombs As countries worldwide seek to encourage their populace to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, damaging division trends have emerged, many even in national communication campaigns. Unfortunately, this has similarly spilled over into social spaces and created an “us” vs “them” narrative, which pushes “negative” peer pressure as the solution. It is… Continue reading Taking a Behaviour Change Communications approach to Vaccine campaigns
By: Shanoy Coombs It's 2021 and I hate being reactive, but in a recent tweet a 'tech guy' highlighted some of the challenges Caribbean nationals experience when they relocate to 'big cities' such as New York or London. This he called getting lost when faced with the big pond effect. I replied by indicating that… Continue reading Cultural Differences and Cultural Awareness Training Matters in 2021
Shanoy Coombs is a decade rich Development Communications Specialist based in the Caribbean with local, regional and international expertise spanning several industries in the public, private and International NGO sectors.
Her MA research at the University of Sheffield, UK focuses on the role of Intercultural Communication in Multi Stakeholder platforms and will complement her prior work experience in multicultural and intercultural settings.
Shanoy has consulted with International organizations such as the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization for Jamaica, The Bahamas and Belize as well as the European Union and has worked on projects funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank and Grand Challenges Canada.
She has also served as Communications Chairperson for the United Nations Communications Group Caribbean cluster where she provided oversight for joint United Nations activities in the caribbean that require communications support as a part of the One UN Strategy.
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It was May 2020 and in the midst of COVID-19 quarantine, the Black Lives Matter protests were on in earnest. Admittedly, I was affected. I couldn't verbalise how exactly but in many ways my mood took a serious dive and every protest, every video made me sad, outraged, achy in an often inexplicable way.… Continue reading I won! Intercultural Dialogue competition about listening & understanding differences
Just recently, after hosting the week long #ThatRemoteLife interview series, I was simultaneously interviewed via national television on the top 5 ways I manage my business remotely and another IG live interview where I shared more detailed remote work tips then featured in a national paper on balancing remotely. While the feature zoomed in how… Continue reading Featured: Balancing remotely: Business, Books and Baby…
Just last week, I hosted a #ThatRemoteLife interview series which pulled together Digital Nomads, Homeschooling advocate, online tutoring CEO, A work from home director mom, an E commerce wiz and a TedX Speaker and Cultural Communications coach. What we all had in common was that we had been ahead of the COVID-19 induced #workfromhome curve… Continue reading 5 keys lessons from hosting a #ThatRemoteLife Interview series
The world is abuzz with a mix of COVID-19, pandemic and everything remote. Indeed, more than ever before, there has been a surge in all things virtual as businesses, individuals, parents, students and entrepreneurs operate indoors and online. Yet, for some of us who have lived and loved the remote life, this started off as… Continue reading That Remote Life: Weeklong series with global remote work strategists
The term Covid-19 conjures images of lock downs, shut ins and self isolation. Admittedly, this is an important move at this time to prevent the spread of a pandemic riddled with uncertainties. Yet with the rush to move indoors, many companies, schools and other organizations have rushed to move their product and service offerings online… Continue reading That Remote Life: Path to productivity in a pandemic