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mid-week Connect: 10/11/23 ~ Rivers & Culture

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

I’m in kind of a brain fog today as I come out of my 2nd bout with covid…not able to handle the complexities of a normal work day, but happy to settle in and connect with you all, which is something that I so enjoy doing each week!

I thought we’d explore the topic of ‘rivers’ today, which will fit into the Transformations component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework. As rivers flow around this wide world, so many kinds of transformations are taking place, culturally and otherwise - of the waterways and the people who connect with them. (*)

In my childhood, the Ramapo River ran through our community. When I lived in West Africa, there were 3 rivers which helped define my borders: the Senegal, the Gambia and the Saloum (especially the Sine Saloum Delta). And since I’ve been based back in the US, another 2 rivers have played huge roles in my day to day: the Caloosahatchee in southwest Florida and the Susquehanna in central PA. As I have lived beside, walked along, criss-crossed and sometimes floated upon these and other rivers, I definitely have had the opportunity to define and live into transformative experiences.

I have delighted in learning, for example, about each of these rivers over the years, (literally and figuratively!) dipping into their natural and cultural riches - mapping waterways, plumbing their depths of history, watching their daily busy-ness. And I have seen and experienced how all that grows up around and on a river draws its identity from and depends on the waters flowing by.

These river pilgrimages have in turn helped define and transform me! Watching a mid-winter thaw break up the ice and build 10 ft high frozen walls along the shoreline astonished me and gave me a sense of power as I dealt with some American cultural challenges I was facing at the time. Experiencing a summer storm blow across the river’s expanse outside my window, and then seeing the sun come out and shine over calm surfaces reminded me of rapidly changing ways and times, culturally and generally in life, which blow through on a regular basis - and how calm can and usually does return! I highly recommend spending some time near or on a river…you never know what cultural, and other kinds of, insights you will receive!

How about you ~ what is one river related experience from which you can draw a culturally transformative lesson?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

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

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,



Take a few minutes and google the other 4 rivers I mention above, or a river of your choice - and be prepared for a potentially transformative journey!


Related Connect posts on the topic of transformations : 12/23/20 - Connections; 2/24/21 - Awakenings; 11/16/22 - Ingredients

(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 and Transformations (which we explored this week)

~ 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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intercultural communications and global community building

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