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Connect mid-month RAP: 12/13/23 ~ Natural Libraries across cultures

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And since today is nearly mid-month, it’s time for another of our RAP sessions (Review And Process, deeper and wider). Each RAP revisits a cross-cultural theme or topic from a previous Connect.  

This month we are going to revisit the topic of libraries and focus on one type of uniquely ‘natural’ library project - Tree Libraries! [*] As with our original Library Connects (see Note below for the link), this week’s exploration fits into the Collaborations component of GS PROACTive Framework, since each of these projects is a collaborative effort impacting the very existence of some tree species around the world. [**]

As we move across cultures, the natural environment of each culture becomes one key to our understanding, integration and sometimes survival within that culture. And yet, often these environmental factors are so ubiquitous, they fade into the background, not necessarily being highlighted, talked about or even noticed. Kind of a ‘not seeing the trees for the forest’ situation. Which is exactly why “Tree Libraries” are being created!  

The alarming pace at which tree species are being unsustainably harvested, often illegally, has inspired a number of Tree Library Projects. These efforts seek to document the trees, some already on the point of extinction, and in many cases protect them from illegal logging. From Asia to Africa to Latin America, local populations partner with scientists to identify and tag the trees, while devising and implementing strategies to protect them. 


However interesting this is, you might be wondering, what it has to do with cross-cultural communications and community building? I see a direct connection! When people groups collaborate amongst themselves and with others across cultures, disciplines and borders, the great potential of combined efforts is unlocked! In that process, for example in the case of these tree libraries, everyone benefits from new knowledge and networks while working together to sustain life itself for the trees!

How about you ~ what kind of ‘library’ could you envision - for saving something of value to you?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Notes below for previous Connects, and Global SKILLs LINKs for more on tree libraries. 

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,



Crime fighting tree libraries: 

~ another tree library: 



* The original Library Connect and related RAPS can be found in this RAP thread (use this blog link & scroll down for the post date)

(orig LIbrary Connect - cultural, 8/25/21; + RAPs - human libraries, 11/17/21, + RAP - children as libraries, 6/16/23)

** 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 ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR) 

PROACTive Learning Strategies:                                                                                                  

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Applications, Collaborations (which we explored this week) and Transformations

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

2023 ~  Celebrating 40+ years of working in 

intercultural communications and global community building

“It takes a community to build a community”

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