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Connect mid-month RAP: 6/12/24 ~ Celebrating tools across cultures

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And since today is  almost 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 cultivating and look specifically first at how one culture uses one particular tool to cultivate. [*] This will fit then into the Applications component of our Global SKILLs Framework, since we’ll apply what we see from that to a wider context across cultures.

One of the main cultivation tools I remember fondly from my years living and working among the Jola people of Senegal is the kajaandak (or long handled digger - pardon the Jola misspelling, if it is misspelled!). I have seen this tool being forged (its iron tip), being used in rice and peanut fields, and being carefully stored when it wasn’t planting season (hung usually on the outer wall of a home). 

When ujaandau (plural of kajaandak) are in action in the fields, usually by men but sometimes by women, there is often a group singing and dancing close by - which makes the hard work of turning and preparing the soil go faster and seem easier. Let’s take this image, of the Jola community cultivating and celebrating with a simple tool, and ‘dig a bit deeper’ (pun intended!) by applying it more widely. We can see in any community activity anywhere that by adding singing and dancing to hard labor - we end up with a celebration of not only what the tool is accomplishing in skilled hands but of all the use of, say - the kajaandak promises - the rainy season nurturing the crops, the plentiful harvest which will eventually be enjoyed. Kajaandak…a basic tool, and yet when applied more widely - an evocative cross cultural moment…yes?!  

How about you ~ what is one basic tool you have learned about cross culturally which evokes a memory or a lesson learned?

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on this.

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,




* Original Connect about cultivating: 8/23/23 (you can find this posted in my blog:     

** 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:                                                                                                  

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Applications (which we explored this week) , Collaborations and Transformations

~ 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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