Greetings and Happy Midweek!
And it’s mid-month…time for another of our RAP sessions (Review and Process, deeper and wider). In our Global SKILLs training, we emphasize how ‘Review and Process’ are key components of any intercultural training program.
Each of these RAP sessions revisits a previous Connect, going more deeply into what we’ve begun to explore. Today, looking at all 3 dimensions (HOME, HOST, HARBOR) of our Global SKILLs “3D Dynamics Model”, we’ll revisit the topic of “World Meet-Ups” from last April (see the 4/7/21 Connect here by scrolling down to that date)
These days, as the world is learning to ‘live with covid’ while opening up again, global meetings and gatherings are being planned - in person, virtually and combined. This allows everyone a comfort level they personally can manage (HOME - where I come from) while connecting with others in their communities (HOST - where others come from) and creates that wonderful coming together dynamic (HARBOR) which all cross-cultural adventures offer.
I actually had a recent personal “world meet-up” moment, which was also multi-generational! In my first Connect on this topic, I mentioned an item (a 1940 World’s Fair souvenir vase) and a memory (my own visit to the 1964 World’s Fair) which helped introduce me as a child to the wide world. This past weekend, in going through some family heirlooms, I found another souvenir from that earlier World’s Fair - an art deco spoon with my great-grandmother’s initials engraved on it.
As I hold this lovely item now, it connects me to Great-Grandmother Housel and other family members - taking in all the excitement of the Fair there in New York. It also connects me to the turbulent times of that era, as the world literally went to war. It speaks into our shared ‘now’ - as we are once again in challenging and threatening times globally on a number of fronts…while it also gives me hope that we will continue to ‘meet up’ as a world now and into the future, and speak together and build our communities. Through this small item, which has traveled from that historic world meet-up to me, across 3 generations, I find encouragement in its affirmation and intrigue in all its potential!
How about you ~ what is one ‘global meet-up’ moment you have experienced recently or are looking forward to?
Share about that with a friend or note it here.
And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for some more “Meet-up” moments!
Thanks for being part of this Connect community.
Until next week,
* Global SKILLs 3 Dimensional Dynamics Model - we looked at all 3 dimensions today: 1st dimension = HOME; 2nd dimension = HOST; 3rd dimension = HARBOR
~ contact me for more information on this model and how you might use it in your current programming
Global SKILLs LINKs
~ 2 versions from 2 perspectives of that 1939-1940 World Fair in New York City: one contemporary, one looking back - it’s interesting to see which images each chooses: https://www.life.com/history/1939-new-york-worlds-fair-photos/; https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2013/11/the-1939-new-york-worlds-fair/100620/;
~ a modern day online opportunity to ‘meet up’ with others of shared interest and experience: https://www.meetup.com/
~ an interesting coming together of global gatherings industry specialists: https://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/OECD_Global_Events_COVID_webinar_highlights.pdf
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intercultural communications and global community building
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