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Connect, Mid-month RAP : 12/15/21 ~ Global Discoveries

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And it’s mid-month already, so it’s time for another of our RAP sessions (Review and Process). In our Global SKILLs training, we emphasize how ‘Review and Process’ are key components of strategic planning and implementation. Each of these mid-month RAP sessions goes a bit deeper and wider with a cross-cultural theme or topic from a previous Connect.


This month we are going to revisit the topic of “Meet the World” which we started to explore last April (see the 4/7/21 post here in this blog). From that post’s global exhibitions, let’s move on to ‘global discoveries’...


For several decades now, a global discovery adventure I’ve enjoyed has been birding. Where-ever I travel, or am living, I check out the local birds, and usually connect with other birders. My passion for birding started about 25 years ago and deepened when I worked intensively for a decade with a group of expats and local experts to discover and document the bird species which were in our region of West Africa. Using cutting edge technology (including newly available hand-help GPS devices and connecting thru the internet with other birders), we mapped key areas and regularly monitored species, numbers and environmental concerns. This multinational collaboration was one of the highlights of my many years living and working in Africa…and what a special day it was whenever we discovered a new species for that area or for our own ‘life lists’!


Discovery is something which, I think, everyone can get excited about…and therefore something which can serve effectively as a strategy and tool for cross-cultural communications & community building. Since we have a new year right around the corner, let’s be open to exploring and ready for some exciting discoveries, at home and where-ever we travel!

How about you ~ what’s a recent cross-cultural discovery you have made?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for a few interesting ‘global discoveries’ lately in various domains as reported in the media.

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,

Betsy


* PROACTive Learning Strategies: PRO = PROfile, PROcess (which we looked at today), PROgram

ACT = Application, Collaboration (which we looked at today) and Transformation

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


Global SKILLs LINKs…recent discoveries

~ in the skies above: https://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/3159334/scientists-discover-planet-10-times-size-jupiter-one-most-massive-ever

~ in the seas below: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10292107/Super-rare-giant-phantom-jellyfish-bizarre-mouth-arms-spotted-coast-California.html

~ and all around this wide world: https://www.cnn.com/style/article/art-design-archaeology-discoveries-2021-scn/index.html

2021 ~ Celebrating 40 years of working in

intercultural communications and global community building

Connecting, Collaborating, Cultivating Community


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