Archive for: Leadership

The Gobi Expeditionary Army: Year Three

14th June, 2016


in Education, Leadership, Uncategorized


27The Beijing Exploring Culture Development Holding Company, Ltd. and The Tai Initiative are once again working together this summer to bring practical lessons about leadership to dozens of Chinese youth, helping and guiding them to develop real, workable plans for pursuing their life dreams.

This program, named…

Watching Subnational Power in Hong Kong

3rd October, 2014


in US/China Relations Institutions


141001 Kerry Wang press meetingComparing current events to past events is all the rage in amateur analysis.  That’s why we’re happy to read from Zheng Wang, Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) at Seton Hall University in New Jersey and a…

My Internship With Tai Initiative

Interning with The Tai Initiative

I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with…

A New Kind of Diplomacy

Note: This article originally appeared in Asian Avenue Magazine

Thirty five years after the U.S. and the P.R.C. first established diplomatic ties, some of the most promising developments in that relationship are occurring not at the national level, but below it—in states, cities and communities.

Those passionate…

Importance of the Subnational Level Confirmed by Joint Study

Comparing Chinese and Americans

The report doesn’t specifically use the word “subnational.” But that doesn’t diminish the thrill I felt when reading it this morning.

Recently, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California and the School of International Studies of Peking University…

An Interview with Travis Tanner

30th April, 2014


in Leadership, Uncategorized


By: Kayla Blomquist

Travis Tanner, a speaker at the Tai Initiative’s upcoming conference in Denver, is the senior vice president and COO of the 100,000 Strong Foundation….

Key Points for U.S.-China Relations

10th April, 2014


in Civilization, Leadership, Strategic Lessons


Tavenner portraitBy: Carson Tavenner

From 27 years of military service, teaching, and work in the non-profit sector, I’ve come to realize to move forward, Americans need to enlarge their thinking about China. Here are some key points:

Sister Cities International’s U.S.-China Conference

By: Ben Leffel

Many years ago, my studies of U.S.-China subnational relations began with a project in which I contacted some 60 U.S. and 30 Chinese cities…

Wealth Creation in U.S.-China Subnational Relations: The Importance for Business

By: Ben Leffel

All business occurs at the local level. The key to understanding the significant impact subnational U.S.-China relations have on creating business opportunities is recognizing the specializations that occur at the local level. These specializations have the potential to maximize wealth creation opportunities between the massive markets in the…

Engaging Portland: A Day in the Life of TI

18th March, 2014


in Civilization, Leadership, Planning


Leadership.  Networking.  Promoting civil dialogue.

These are the Tai Initiative’s by-words  to promote and  nurture positive behaviors in the American-Chinese relationship.

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Sounds great, but how does it really work?  What do we do to use such concepts in a day’s work?  This week, the…

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