ILIP publishes books (Prague for Beginners, 21st Century Jobs), newspaper articles, program manuals, marketing materials, and reports that inform about and analyze developments in the labor market, education, and religion in the US and in Central and Eastern Europe.
The reason we began publishing was simple: to bridge the many cultural, political, social, spiritual, geographic and intellectuall gaps between the US and the countries of Central Europe.
When the one-party goverments of the countries in the communist bloc in Central Europe started to dissolve in 1989, we had a vision to connect these countries, isolated for more than forty years, with the US. It seemed that such a connection would strengthen the economic and political ties that were developing while giving people a chance to see places they had only heard of through censored media.
In particular, we built on the relationships and personal knowledge of Jaroslav Tusek, ILI President & CEO. Born in Prague, Jarda grew up under three political sytems: Nazi (1939-1945), democracy (1945-1948), and the totalitarian rule of the Communist party (1948-1989). He had a dream from childhood to be a US citizen; this dream came true when he left Czechoslovakia in 1967 for Norway and made his way to the US in 1976.
When the student protests of November 1989 led to the resgination of the Communists, Czechoslovakia quickly adopted a democratic constitution. When charismatic playwright Václav Havel became the first president, Jarda reconnected with key Czechoslovak officials, offering them a program to show Czechoslovak business executives how to do business in the free market.
These ILI programs for executives (1990-1996) brought them to Tennessee, then Florida, to work in American companies, be part of seminars with professors in American universities, and live with American host families. From the experiences of working with Czech executives, government officials, and entrepreneurs, the ILI publication list grew from educational and marketing materials to articles, newsletters and books that connect Central Europe to the US.
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