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Connect, Mid-month RAP  : 4/17/24 ~ Colors across cultures



Greetings and Happy Midweek!

For our RAP (Review and Process) this month, I thought we’d look again into the fine arts. And since here in the western/northern hemisphere, we are enjoying a Spring Season of blooming flowers everywhere, I thought we’d explore the topic of Color today, across cultures and around the world. This fits into the HOST dimension of our Global SKILL’s 3D Dynamics Perspective and the PROfile component of our PROACTive Framework. We can be empowered to connect and interact in deeper, more meaningful ways through knowing the profile(s) of color and colors in any given HOST dimension context - where those with whom we are interacting live. 


When I was learning Jola in southern Senegal, my first lesson on color was pretty easy since there were just a few basic color words - I don’t remember the exact ones, but it was something to the effect of ‘green, yellow, red’. Ok, I figured, I’d learn those for that introductory level, and go into the nuances - because surely there were nuances - at a more advanced level! That worked for then.


Now, looking at color globally with the truly seemingly infinite nuances there really are, and given my 3D Dynamics Perspective, I was intrigued to come across an internationally recognized 3D color theory and notation (see LINK below). And looking at color from the HOST perspective through a cross-cultural lens, I love the stated legacy of this notation with its “dedication to helping people communicate color easily and accurately”.  Whether colors are communicated using a basic 3 hue scale, like for me as an early language learner, or they are presented in the context of a full palette…they are definitely worth understanding and engaging with!  


How about you ~ what is a cross-cultural color 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 color from several additional perspectives. 

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,

Betsy


Global SKILLs LINKs

~ color theory and notation mentioned above (BTW, coincidentally, my Mother’s maiden name was Munsell and Mom was an artist in her own right…no relation here that we know of, but it’s fun that this shares our family name!): https://munsell.com/about-munsell-color/how-color-notation-works/ 

~ a delightful in depth presentation of color, from a translation point of view: https://eriksen.com/marketing/color_culture/

~ sit back and take it all in: https://www.istockphoto.com/photos/african-colors 


Notes

Related Connects: 5/8/20, Out my window; 11/2/21, windows on the world; 1/26/22, art-full; 1/4/23 - tapestries (you can find these by scrolling down here for the posted 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 (which we explored this week);                    3rd dimension = HARBOR 

PROACTive Learning Strategies:                                                                                                 

PRO = PROfile (which we explored this week), PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Applications, Collaborations and Transformations

~ 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 


2024 ~  Celebrating 40+ years of working in 

intercultural communications and global community building

“It takes a community to build a community”

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