Bridging Differences with Dialogue and Development
Today Greg is an internationally recognized coach, trainer, facilitator and writer. His current work focuses on helping global leaders
and international teams develop the global competencies needed to improve both their performance and well-being. To date his cross-cultural
work has included:
- Preparing American executives and their families for overseas assignments
- Leading teambuilding workshops
for cross-cultural teams.
- Leading global leadership workshops for young executives
- Facilitating conflict resolution workshops
for global teams
- Teaching cultural studies to university students
Greg is also the author of Germany – Unraveling an Enigma, a
practical, in-depth guide to German culture and business behavior. Enigma has garnered great respect from both German and American
readers and has also been translated into Chinese. He is currently working on a new book, Understanding and Developing Global Competence.
holds a B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, the German equivalent of a Master’s Degree from the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität and a Ph.D.
in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his free time Greg has many interests. In addition to being an avid
reader he enjoys running, hiking and tennis as well as dancing, meditating and cooking.
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Greg Nees, Ph.D. Greg began his formal training as an interculturalist in the 1980s while studying applied linguistics
at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität in Germany. His personal experiences of living and working in different cultures made him aware
of the profound influences that a person’s culture of origin had on their perceptions, thoughts and feelings. His diverse contacts
with people from different cultures showed him how stereotypes and unconscious assumptions caused misunderstandings and animosity.
These insights ignited his passion for promoting cross-cultural understanding which has been at the center of all his professional
Christel received her B.A. from the University of Göttingen, Germany, and M.A. in German from the University of Colorado. She
taught German at the college level for over twenty years, studied European and American history and has written several travel articles.
She volunteers as an English tutor to local Hispanic women and is an avid reader who also enjoys hiking, jogging, good food and opera.
She and her husband have two grown sons and a second home in the south of France where they enjoy spending part of the year.
The Community: Talking Together provides pro bono services to local community groups or donates a percentage of its after-tax profits
to selected non-profit organizations trying to promote peace, justice and the well being of all people. Below is a list of some of
the organizations we have supported.
Services Currently Provided:
Teach basics of intercultural awareness for volunteers at Intercambio
de Communidades in Longmont, CO.
Past Services Donated:
Meeting facilitation for Boulder County Immigrant Initiative. This initiative
was designed to promote dialogue between diverse members of the receiving communities and immigrants to Boulder County in order to
promote peaceful interactions and cooperation.
Meeting facilitation for the New Americans series at Longmont Museum in Longmont, CO.
This was a project initiated by Longmont’s Multicultural Task Force to promote better relationships among its ethnically diverse citizens.
facilitation for Focus on Longmont project in Longmont, CO. Focus on Longmont was a series of forums to generate grass roots input
to aid the Town Council in its long term planning process.
Meeting facilitation for Colorado Canopy. Colorado Canopy is an umbrella
organization headquartered in Denver, CO. Its mission is to link and promote communication between Colorado’s many non-profit, NGO,
city and state organizations.
Helped found and organize the Global Peace Campaign as a response to the Sept 11, 2001 attacks on the
World Trade Center. Global Peace Campaign worked in Japan, Europe and the U.S. to raise enough money to publish an open letter to
President Bush, asking him to respond wisely to those attacks in order to avoid an escalating spiral of violence. This letter, written
by Greg Nees, was published as a full page ad in the New York Times on October 9, 2001
Past Financial Contributions:
- Southern Poverty Law Center,
- Madison Quakers Peace Projects in Viet Nam
Christel Detsch, M.A.: Christel is a native of Germany who has made her home in the U.S. since 1974. Being firmly rooted in two different
cultures as well as an experienced traveler has made her familiar with the great cultural diversity that exists around the world.
Her studies and experiences help her appreciate cultural differences from various perspectives, an important talent which complements
her cultural, analytic and research skills. All of this has led her to conclude that in different countries different paths lead us
to the same goals. And for that reason, if we want to bridge the cultural divide and create a world with peace and justice for
all, we need to understand both ourselves and our fellow travelers.