The Expatriate Podcasters Google Plus Group

An expat podcaster community sharing experiences podcasting outside their home nation.

Here is a list of podcasters who produce programming from outside their home nation:

In Expat Dilemmas, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar talks about what it's like living life as an expat.

In Expat Dilemmas, Mohanalakshmi Rajakumar talks about what it's like living life as an expat.

Five expats who talk all things tech from Finland.

Five expats who talk all things tech from Finland.

The Expat Roundtable

 Podcasting has now come of age and is today used as a platform for once unheard voices that were far in the distance and beneath the noise of the networked broadcasters. Today podcasters and bloggers can make their voices be heard without needing high and often over-priced entry gear and administrative tools.

 Creating a podcasting group or network isn’t anything new or unique. Most podcasting groups and networks are centered on topics that the network’s “nation side” and or “culturally-bound” members are collectively interested in (sports, politics, finance,..). There isn’t anything wrong with that. However, very few of these “nation side” membered podcasters can look at their “home nation” from the outside in the same way as an expat podcaster can from abroad. Expat podcasters from abroad can offer personal and direct viewpoints of the rest of the world more accurately than a podcaster who is compiling information they aren’t personally experiencing.

 As a long-term expat podcaster and consumer of media, I have personally listened to and seen how most non-expat podcasters and even many bloggers aren’t able to connect to life and situations outside their home nations or even “broadcast positions”. This is simply a collective issue with people who don’t or aren’t able to travel outside their home nation and experience life abroad. This is just a plain fact and why I want to create a platform and or program where expat podcasters and bloggers can exchange ideas and experiences, which could indirectly and positively influence the thinking of people in our home nations as well. In the long term, this type of collaboration can facilitate new ways of thinking and diminish misunderstandings not only between those who are taking part, but also consuming the information produced by each expat member taking part in the program or platform. An added benefit of this type of gathering is the creation of direct and easy cross-promotion among membered expats.

  • Members are to be expats who currently live abroad or “former expats” who have “recently” returned to their "home country(ies)" but have lived “long-term” overseas before.
  • Membership is built by introduction from current expat members. The more expats taking part the more information that could be shares and exchanged. This offers a lot of value.
  • Roundtables “should” be held every two weeks. If things grow, different topics or groups specialising in a topic can host shows at different pre-arranged times.  Each roundtable should have a topic that is chosen by members of the group or a recent trend that affects expats domestic or abroad. Let’s use a very informal topic selection process. In fact, more than one topic can be covered at once time in a roundtable.
  • A Squarespace site will be setup just for this roundtable. 
  • The Expat Roundtable group can help drive some interest to our personal or business websites while, at the same time, keep the branding our main website(s) separated from The Expat Roundtable Group.

NOTE:

I am not looking for ANY MEMBER to pay for the site, domain or the RSS feed. I’m hoping for the best. However, it could become a great resource for at least many western expats.

MEMBERSHIP RELATED:

  • Members should be current or former expats who produce a podcast or blog at least once a month.
  • A “former expat” is defined as someone who has lived abroad for at least two years and covered topic that are viewed from their expat experience.
  • Membered podcasters should try to cross-promote other member’s podcast, blogs or services. It is hoped that the cross promotions will raise awareness of other networked programs that may specialize in a niche the other listeners maybe interested in.