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mid-week Connect: 1/24/24 ~ Cultural Neighborhoods

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

Just a personal note to start this Connect:

I have been dealing with a developing back issue for the past almost month, and it appears I will be needing back surgery. Although there are lots of ways to ‘fix’ back issues without surgery, the condition I have and the rapidly progressing nerve damage that is happening are pointing to the need for urgent intervention. 

This Connect topic speaks partially into what happens when we face personal crisis…and I can honestly say, I have been hugely encouraged and empowered by the community connections I am so blessed with!! Not sure how I’ll fare in the next few weeks with staying in touch, but know my heart is in keeping connected, so feel free to reach out to me and I’ll keep you all posted as able.

In light of all this, I thought we’d explore a few facets of cultural neighborhoods today. This fits nicely into the Collaborations component of our PROACTive Framework, since building and maintaining healthy neighborhoods definitely requires many levels of collaboration.

Through my childhood, I was privileged to live in a tightly knit community featuring a neighborhood full of kids surrounding our house, to play and grow up with. In young adulthood, I enjoyed several diverse neighborhood type community experiences including during my undergraduate years in Vermont and my early years with the organization I ended up working with, mostly in Africa, for over 3 decades.  During those years, I experienced immersive neighborhood (quatiers) lifestyles and relationships - both when I was based for a decade in a rural village in Senegal, and later in several neighborhoods in the city of Dakar.

Neighborhood dynamics are incredibly rich. They can be great…and they can also be devastating! Where there are people, etc - right?! 

What I’d like to rest with today as far as neighborhoods go is that they can offer enormously strong cultural roots and firm walls of support in tough times. My Global SKILLs tagline is “It takes a community to build a community” and part of that means giving as well as receiving within the neighborhoods in each of our lives, and that is especially true when one - or all - face challenges beyond what can be dealt with alone. 

I hope each of you has had and does have now at least one great neighborhood with which you connect - to grow into, to share with, to benefit from, and mostly just to enjoy!

Share about that with a friend or note it here. 

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

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week, or when I am able to re-connect!



~ fun sampling of cultures & neighborhoods: 

~ can’t resist sharing this, especially as an intro for you non-USA based folks - a quintessential American neighborhood tradition: 


[*] Related Connect posts: 5/22/20 - reaching out; 2/3/21 - dressing for company; 4/20/22 - belonging; 3/1/23 - crossroads

(you can find these by using this link: )

[**] 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 Framework:                                                                                                   

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

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