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Connect - mid month RAP : 2/16/24 ~ Bridges revisited

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 cross-cultural theme or topic from a previous Connect.  This month we are going to revisit the topic of bridges [*], focusing on their unique function of connecting cultural spaces which otherwise would be quite separate.  This fits into the Collaborations component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework because of these ‘connecting’ dynamics, which allow for collaborations of all kinds (literal and figurative!). [**] 


I had an unexpected experience with bridges a few years back. I was living on the Gulf Coast of Florida at the time and had volunteered to host several young soccer players from the country of Namibia who were visiting our area for a tournament. My plan was to drive them around our (lovely, touristy) area visiting several local vantage points and resorts, etc. But as we approached the first place on the itinerary - they were fascinated, and got SO excited. None of them had ever seen in real life, much less crossed, a bridge!!


Being from coastal Namibia (see some details below in LINKS!), they had grown up oblivious to using bridges…in sharp contrast for example to the area where I lived and where they found themselves that day - with a large bay, island communities and riverside expanses all  criss-crossed with numerous bridges and causeways. The tour plans changed immediately and we spent the afternoon crossing and recrossing bridges - much to their delight!


This has just got to have cross-cultural implications, right?! How about the way bridges span  distances between Point A and Point B, creating connections for development and cultural exchange. And also how crossing bridges broadens horizons and opens new vistas from Point A, to Point B and back again, and communities and cultures become shared spaces and experiences for both sides. It was a privilege to introduce those young ladies to real bridges that day…and it’s fun to reflect on these and other ways bridges serve us across cultures!

How about you ~ what’s a favorite  collaborative bridge experience you have had?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on Namibia…and bridges in my home area!

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,

Betsy


Global SKILLs LINKs

~ Namibia has a long coastline…but it’s a national park and much of it is desert:

~ there are, in fact, a few bridges at least in the country…not where my young friends lived tho: https://www.grupopuentes.com/portfolio/namibia/?lang=en 

~ on the other hand, Fort Myers has LOTS of bridges:

~ a great example of crossing cultural bridges: https://www.cultural-bridges.co.uk/ 

Notes

[*]  related Connects include: 9/16/20 communications; 5/4/22 - cultural bridges; 11/8/23 covered bridges (use the blog link above to read them)

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

3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: (which we explored this week) 

1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR) 

PROACTive Learning Strategies:                                                                                                  

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

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

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming: betsy.barbour@gmail.com 


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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