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mid-month Connect RAP: 2/15/23 ~ Innovative Bread

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And since today is 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 cultural innovations (*) as I share a fun story about how a classic Italian bread recipe was ‘transformed’. This innovation is a great example of the cultural Transformation component of Global SKILLs PROACTive Strategies framework, illustrating how something very familiar was successfully changed and shared in a very different context. **

One of my favorite winter breads has become the somewhat humble Panettone - really more like a simple cake with its sweet, soft dough and varied filling delights (dried fruits and chocolate bits). You can read about classic Panettone’s centuries-long evolution below (see LINKs). What I was really interested to learn is that, over the past 50 years or so, yet another major Panettone innovation has taken place, successfully transplanting this cultural food icon to another region of its homeland while putting it on a much wider global scale. One Sicilian family (off the coast of southern Italy) decided to make their own version of Milanese Panettone (firmly rooted in northern Italy) and what has happened since is a total panettone transformation. Cool, huh?

And this makes me think about how, as we live and work and play cross-culturally, we can happily be both agents and recipients of cultural innovation and transformation.

** Part of cultural agency is pro-acting…like how the Fiasconaro family created a ‘new’ panettone over several generations and are now distributing it worldwide.

** Part of being on the receiving end of cultural change is entering into new possibilities and opportunities…

Both of these cross-cultural dynamics can have a truly transformative impact on our own lives and the lives of the diverse communities in which we participate.

How about you ~ any recent transformative cultural innovations come your way - through your own effort or someone else’s? Share about that with a friend or note it here.

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on Panettone’s total transformation!

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,




* Related Connect posts on the topic of innovations : 7/1/20 - silver linings, 2/17/21 - online innovations, 7/14/21 - tourism solutions (you can find these by scrolling down to the date)

** 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 Framework: PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Application, Collaboration and Transformation (which we explored this week)

~ 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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