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image: anastasia ashman             evolution of            a global niche(or “how to use an identity crisis to your advan...
what’s this “global     niche” i’ll be demonstrating through    my own journey?a concept & a communityyou can use to find s...
steps to seeking a    global niche• dream of belonging• playing with cultural  identity• achieve new sense of  personal & ...
image: my friend map    we’re all over the mapcan you tell where in the world you belong by a  map of your relationships, ...
dreaming of a life and    community beyond the     one surrounding us      right place, right people    where we can lead ...
disenfranchised                                          expat, 1990s                                               writer...
image: anastasia ashman   played with themes ofexploration, crossroads      & contrasts
flashforward to 2003: moved     to turkey with my turkish             husbandplanned to write myown asian complainttravelo...
but turkey                          kidnapped                          me instead.                          (that’s a     ...
found                          theoretical home                             in the expat                          harem --...
making expat lit      collection -> peek into my characterenjoyed working at home,in global collaboration  ...an extrovert...
the harem, turkey, & the work  itself showed we can survive       (& thrive!) in limbo  we can beembedded in aplace, yet b...
found my                                 historical                                counterparts                           ...
image: anastasia ashmanoverseas & repatriated turks...     identified with ouroutsider-view-from-the-inside  (they’re insid...
connected with mycultural peers around      the globe• turkophiles & travelers• middle eastern studies types• women writer...
no longer alone in my  cultural limbo...   still out of synchwith mainstream & home country    15 american publisherssuspe...
global audiences    disprove   mainstream   predictionslocal, regional & national  bestseller lists      in 3 countries re...
when usa’s top morning tv program “today show” came to istanbul in2008, expat harem editors explained   turkey to 5 millio...
so,                            expat harem                          called together                              a virtual...
wanted to see what was  beyond the book, 2009what would culturalpeers tied together inthe virtual realmwant to discuss?wha...
recognized we’re living  in a new social order  family-culture-nation       no longerthe only meaningful bonds
connections can be:   interest, experience,        worldviewrise of thesocial webnow we can findour true peersand learn fro...
for example, i’m not defined only as an expat-woman-writer-in-turkey.     hope to honor many other           associations...
launched community site  expanded our circle                  toseekers of *identity adventure*    anyone in cultural limb...
expatharem.com becomes     group blog &    neoculture hub  a niche for globalists...
expat+HAREM community   starts teaching me  podcast discussion showed  we’re all using our creativity to manage multi-face...
we’re hybrids                                 of                                life                            circumstan...
while launching                        community site, also                        working on 2nd book.                   ...
image: unknown searching for link between past & future work,         trying to pinpoint evolution...                  eur...
discover our true literary territoryexploring what makes expat lit & hybrid life  writing different than ‘travel writing’:...
learning fromLIFESTYLE DESIGN,LOCATION INDEPENDENT,DIGITAL NOMAD MOVEMENTS                            useful new paradigms...
sensed our community’s question is differentwe’re already unrooted!a simple location change doesn’tsolve our problem.plus,...
we want to know:“how can i live the life i want --  where ever i happen to be?”  how to live/work to ourabilities, indepen...
the answer is not to defer our dreams:         let’s achieve... *psychic* location   independence
true definition emerges   & a mission, 2010    Glo· bal· niche, n. a psychic solution to your global identity         crisi...
psychic location     independence operate to yourfullest potential    personally &   professionallywherever you are (or co...
cofounded a mastermindworkgroup for creative pros,           2010            build professional web                   plat...
today: fusing past work   with future plans          the workgroup                 +   expat+HAREM’s mission to make  psyc...
codeveloping a private  educational community   for people like you:   transglobal & multicultural  dreamers in a cultural...
putting theory              into practice   an educational    community of    psychic peers  skills/tools to*find & build* ...
thanks for coming on thisevolutionary journey      with me!
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The story of global niche can help you figure out what comes next for you.

What comes after cultural disenfranchisement? What comes after Expat Harem, the book? What comes after expat+HAREM, the community site? This slideshow charts the evolution of expat+HAREM's spin-off educational community for global citizens: Globalniche.net.

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    1. 1. image: anastasia ashman evolution of a global niche(or “how to use an identity crisis to your advantage”) anastasia ashman
    2. 2. what’s this “global niche” i’ll be demonstrating through my own journey?a concept & a communityyou can use to find successin the wide, wide world you live in
    3. 3. steps to seeking a global niche• dream of belonging• playing with cultural identity• achieve new sense of personal & pro self
    4. 4. image: my friend map we’re all over the mapcan you tell where in the world you belong by a map of your relationships, associations and interests? (these are my facebook contacts!)
    5. 5. dreaming of a life and community beyond the one surrounding us right place, right people where we can lead our ideal lifestyle &livelihood -- work you love so much it feels like play?you’re not alone! most of us exist in a situation mismatch
    6. 6. disenfranchised expat, 1990s writer lost my voice during 5 years in southeast asia! saved by: finding new context through play read historical travelogue image: anastasia ashmanacted in film “anna & the king” -- euro lady intropics, circa 1865, felt discomforts of beingout of cultural element, burden of mismatch
    7. 7. image: anastasia ashman played with themes ofexploration, crossroads & contrasts
    8. 8. flashforward to 2003: moved to turkey with my turkish husbandplanned to write myown asian complainttravelogue... -- abandoned on a snake-infested island, adrift inpirate-filled waters.(no metaphors, thatreally happened!) image: andreʼa bucci
    9. 9. but turkey kidnapped me instead. (that’s a metaphor)image: anastasia ashman
    10. 10. found theoretical home in the expat harem -- concept of anthology cocreated, 2004 inspired by: foreign women of the sultan’s harem & liminal state of this crossroad nation east, west part european, part asian ancient empire, new republicimage: anastasia ashman
    11. 11. making expat lit collection -> peek into my characterenjoyed working at home,in global collaboration ...an extroverted introvert (or, introverted extrovert, you choose!)
    12. 12. the harem, turkey, & the work itself showed we can survive (& thrive!) in limbo we can beembedded in aplace, yet beforever alien
    13. 13. found my historical counterparts in the harem... & image:sabah my contemporary peers:foreign women in modern turkey (100 women in 14 nationsanswered the call for submissions, wow!)
    14. 14. image: anastasia ashmanoverseas & repatriated turks... identified with ouroutsider-view-from-the-inside (they’re insiders on the outside!)
    15. 15. connected with mycultural peers around the globe• turkophiles & travelers• middle eastern studies types• women writers, cultural writers• expats everywhere
    16. 16. no longer alone in my cultural limbo... still out of synchwith mainstream & home country 15 american publisherssuspected book had no audience plus, no expat lit genre (life abroad = travel!)
    17. 17. global audiences disprove mainstream predictionslocal, regional & national bestseller lists in 3 countries recommended by major media:nat geo traveler. lonely planet. new york times.
    18. 18. when usa’s top morning tv program “today show” came to istanbul in2008, expat harem editors explained turkey to 5 million americans
    19. 19. so, expat harem called together a virtual community but we had nowhere to meetimage: anastasia ashman
    20. 20. wanted to see what was beyond the book, 2009what would culturalpeers tied together inthe virtual realmwant to discuss?what could we dotogether?
    21. 21. recognized we’re living in a new social order family-culture-nation no longerthe only meaningful bonds
    22. 22. connections can be: interest, experience, worldviewrise of thesocial webnow we can findour true peersand learn fromeach other
    23. 23. for example, i’m not defined only as an expat-woman-writer-in-turkey. hope to honor many other associations...
    24. 24. launched community site expanded our circle toseekers of *identity adventure* anyone in cultural limbo expats & travelers global nomads & multiculturalists third culture kids & immigrants men -- if they dare join a ‘harem’
    25. 25. expatharem.com becomes group blog & neoculture hub a niche for globalists...
    26. 26. expat+HAREM community starts teaching me podcast discussion showed we’re all using our creativity to manage multi-faceted, cross- national lives...flexible skills & perspectives
    27. 27. we’re hybrids of life circumstance beliefs ancestry rather than a liability, our mix is an assetimage: anastasia ashman
    28. 28. while launching community site, also working on 2nd book. memoir about friendship with a multiple personality career suicide? shifting topic after 5 years, would i lose my audience?problem: needed author platform to show cultural writer moving to psychological topic. solution: emphasized *identity* in site mission, how it’s formed through culture. departing from travel focus.
    29. 29. image: unknown searching for link between past & future work, trying to pinpoint evolution... eureka!we have multiple cultural personalities caring for each is key to our health & happiness
    30. 30. discover our true literary territoryexploring what makes expat lit & hybrid life writing different than ‘travel writing’: more concerned with psyche & personality changes
    31. 31. learning fromLIFESTYLE DESIGN,LOCATION INDEPENDENT,DIGITAL NOMAD MOVEMENTS useful new paradigms: gate-jumping image: digital nomads *HOWEVER* ... focus on mobility = ideal of being unrooted common question: “how can i live on a beach in thailand by running a blog?”
    32. 32. sensed our community’s question is differentwe’re already unrooted!a simple location change doesn’tsolve our problem.plus, there are plenty of reasonswhy-we-are-where-we-are...
    33. 33. we want to know:“how can i live the life i want -- where ever i happen to be?” how to live/work to ourabilities, independent of a location’s limitations...a more universal problem, since we’re not always in the optimal setting to achieve our dreams
    34. 34. the answer is not to defer our dreams: let’s achieve... *psychic* location independence
    35. 35. true definition emerges & a mission, 2010 Glo· bal· niche, n. a psychic solution to your global identity crisis community mission: to*find* our global niche
    36. 36. psychic location independence operate to yourfullest potential personally & professionallywherever you are (or come from) --> & wherever you’re going image: anastasia ashman
    37. 37. cofounded a mastermindworkgroup for creative pros, 2010 build professional web platforms based on our unique strengths and interests connect to relevant people and communities, integrate into offline activities join us on linked-in and facebook!
    38. 38. today: fusing past work with future plans the workgroup + expat+HAREM’s mission to make psychic limbo a productive state =an exciting spin-off project, a global niche workgroup!
    39. 39. codeveloping a private educational community for people like you: transglobal & multicultural dreamers in a cultural situation mismatch: maybe you’re in your hometownor surrounded by language you’re not fluent inor your customers are in a different time zone...
    40. 40. putting theory into practice an educational community of psychic peers skills/tools to*find & build* your global nicheto learn about our upcoming launch: please visit globalniche.net
    41. 41. thanks for coming on thisevolutionary journey with me!
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