Podcast Episode 2 | Multiculturalism, Human Connection, and Knowing Ourselves
Guest: Stéphane Emmanuel Fouché
Stéphane E. Fouché is a sociologist turned entrepreneur navigating obstacles with clients, with a keen eye on culture. His experiences in the United States, Caribbean, Asia, and Africa are the basis for his work as an ambassador for businesses. We learn about the roles of self-knowledge, healthy relationships, and emotions such as fear and jealousy in his multicultural career and life.
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As promised in the episode, questions for you to consider based on Stéphane’s story:
These questions can work for you as a preview of topics to engage with before listening or to help with digestion after listening.
Stéphane suggests one approach to competition that involves looking for opportunities in which people must start at a beginner level within a structure so that others, like you, need to go through the same levels, no matter where everybody comes from. In your experience, what tensions have you seen in how such an approach might play out?
After this conversation, I separately spoke with my friend George about travel and many other topics, which made me consider—how much of Stéphane’s choice of perspective comes from the notion that Japan has a strong culture of journeymen who often have to complete all levels within a structure?
“I am one of very few people who ____.” How does your first instinct complete this sentence?
What is your take on this view from Stéphane?
I'd rather get hurt than lose the potential of having a great friend.
Do you feel you have a personal council who can be ready to help you with important decisions? Stéphane states that he has one. Whom might you consider including in yours?
Have you felt jealousy this week? What wants does that instance make you question or make you aware of? Stéphane remarks,
I see jealousy as a desire I had that I just never knew I had.
To contact Stéphane:
I appreciated feedback from y’all that emboldened me to:
Experiment with music transitions at the beginning and end of the episode.
Add more of an introduction for listeners before the interview begins.
Add my host’s reflection at the end.
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