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Connect mid-month RAP: 1/17/24 ~ the 2nd cup of tea

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And since today is just past mid-month, it’s time for another of our RAP sessions (Review And Process, deeper and wider). Each RAP revisits a theme or topic from a previous Connect.  This month we are going to revisit the Senegalese Tea Drink, which we have explored twice before. [*] We’ll focus in on the 2nd cup of tea, which fits with the HOME & HOST dimensions of our Global SKILLs 3D Dynamics perspective [**]. In cross cultural work, the two initial dimensions of our 3D Dynamics perspective are HOME and HOST. HOME is where each participant comes from, and HOST is where the others come from. These are neatly reflected during the Senegalese Tea Drink while the 2nd cup of tea is prepared, served and savored. 

As people sit in a circle on the woven mat, and wait for this 2nd cup (“agabtenau” in Jola), they settle in - both to their own situations and those of the other folks who have gathered. Everyone reflects on and shares how they are doing. Current events and news are caught up on. The tea itself is smoother than that first black and bitter cup. It is a richer shade of deep brown with more sugar, tea and water added. Time is definitely not of the essence, but rather a sense of community and appreciation surrounds the group - glad everyone is there, just hanging out together. While the first cup is sometimes skipped by those who find it too strong (myself included!), the 2nd cup is thoroughly enjoyed by all.

And so it is with some cross cultural experiences and dynamics. While fully embracing both HOME and HOST, foundations for strong community are laid. Sharing both ways - from and to each participant - even as the tea is brewed and steeps. This makes for a cup palatable to everyone, and a community all want to be a part of. Sipping the frothy liquid, while laughing and pondering together, initiates shared moments which are then more fully developed during the 3rd cup. As this whole Tea Drink reinforces on a daily basis, tt takes a community to build a community!

How about you ~ what is an example of the 2nd cup, community building, in your own experience?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on second cup dynamics around the world. 

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,




*  scroll down to these dates to check out 2 Previous Connects on this wonderful Senegalese Tea Drink: 3/22/23 - the first cup; 4/28/21 - the third cup

** Through my business Global SKILLs and several partner subsidiaries I offer unique cross-cultural consulting and training including:

3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: 1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST (which we explored this week) ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR 

PROACTive Learning Strategies:                                                                                                  

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Applications, Collaborations and Transformations

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming: 

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intercultural communications and global community building

“It takes a community to build a community”

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