Marco Polo Project Workshops

connection, culture, communication

Why Marco Polo Project?

As globalisation brings more of us together across cultures and languages, we must invent new forms of education for the Marco Polos of today and tomorrow. Founded in 2011 and inspired by the multicultural fabric of Melbourne, Marco Polo Project works with schools, universities, businesses and communities as a boutique consulting and education design agency. Our programs help learners from diverse languages and cultures harness the power of communication to build new connections, make sense of their own cultural tradition, and engage in new forms of collective experience.

Connection

Our programs allow participants to acquire the tools and methods that will help them build new connections with unfamiliar people and places.

Culture

Our programs allow participants to acquire greater cultural self-awareness and greater appreciation for cultures other than their own.

Communication

Our programs allow participants to acquire the skills and language to articulate their values and communicate their experience to different audiences.

Marco Polo Project

is a cross-cultural education design agency based in Melbourne, Australia

Marco Polo programs help learners from diverse languages and cultures harness the power of communication to build new connections, make sense of their own cultural tradition, and engage in new forms of collective experience. Marco Polo Project systematically researches and prototypes new models of cross-cultural education. Groundwork is conducted through the Marco Polo Peer-lab. Specific programs are incubated by specially gathered design teams, We work with clients as a boutique consulting and education design agency, and run or support the following programs.

  • Translation Club

    Translation Club gathers speakers of Chinese and English for collaborative translation and cultural deep learning. Translations feed into an exclusive digital magazine bringing new voices from China to Western readers. Learn more. / Read our magazine .

  • Design for Diversity

    Design for Diversity harnesses design thinking to better integrate international students in the senior years of high-school. Learn more.

  • Out of the Box

    Out of the Box equips international students at university with tools and mindsets to better interact with the local environment. Learn more.

Partnerships

Since 2011, we have been fortunate to work with a range of cutting-edge organisations to design and deliver new workshops and events.

Here are some of the main organisations we have partnered with.

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Melbourne Knowledge Week

In 2014, 2015 and 2016, we contributed workshops to Melbourne Knowledge week, on ‘Language as a form of knowledge’, ‘Mapping language and culture’ and ‘For a China ready knowledge economy’
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Beijing Bookworm

In 2014, we partnered with the Beijing Bookworm on the first Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature – bringing together readers, writers and translators from Australia and China who embraced new digital tools as part of their practice.
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Sydney Ideas

In 2014, our founder delivered a lectured as part of the Sydney Ideas program under the title ‘A Journey through Digital China’. The lecture is available here
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Monash University, Centre for Translation and Interpretation

Since 2014, we have run a number of workshops, seminars and professional development courses in partnership with Monash University on collaborative translation and translation in the context of technological change.
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Language Connection

Since the start of our operations, we have collaborated closely with Language Connection, Melbourne’s #1 community organisation for language exchange. Areas of collaboration include joint events and facilitator training.
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Richmond West Primary School

In 2014 and 2015, we ran collaborative translation events with grade 4, 5 and 6 bilingual (Mandarin-English) classes at Richmond West Primary School.
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China30s

China30s run Shanghai’s leading storytelling and non-fiction workshops. Our magazine has republished a large number of their interviews with young Chinese innovators, and we partnered with them on a major translation event at Fudan High School in 2015.
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Yeeyan

During the 2014 Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature, we organised joint translation events with Yeeyan, China’s #1 crowdsourced/ community translation website.
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Fudan High School

In 2015, we ran a half-day translation event involving 90 students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate stream of Fudan High School, in partnership with Shanghai’s leading storytelling and innovation workshop, China30s.
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Melbourne University – faculty of business and economics

Since 2016, we have been hosting practicum graduate students from Melbourne Business School. In 2017, a team from Melbourne Business School helped us design one of our flagship programs, Out of the Box.
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Writers Victoria

In 2016, we organised a full day event as part of the Melbourne Chinese Writers Festival, co-organised by Writers Victoria.
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Melbourne Writers Festival

In 2014, we partnered with Melbourne Writers Festival to run the first Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature – exploring how readers, writers and translators in Australia and China have made use of digital tools for their engagement with the written word.
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Ivanhoe Girls Grammar school

In 2017, we partnered with Ivanhoe Girls Grammar School for the first pilot of our flagship program, Design for Diversity.
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Asia Education Foundation

Our founder gave a number of presentations at primary schools and high schools around Melbourne as ambassador for the Asia Education Foundation. In March 2017, we opened a full-day workshop for high school students on the Sustainable Development Goals with a presentation on global risk and global governance.
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Paris Sorbonne University

In 2016, we were invited to run a guest session as part of the Masters of Cultural Management at Paris-IV Sorbonne University on the topic of global cultural collaboration.
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Danwei Media

In 2012-2013, we contributed a weekly review of the Chinese blogosphere on Danwei under the title ‘1510 digest’

Work with us

If you would like to discuss one of our flagship programs, work with us on a program addressing the needs of your organisation, or discuss the potential incubation of a new project, please contact us through this form.