Greetings and Happy Midweek!
And it’s the beginning of October already, so let’s enjoy another Word Connect today. We do this once each month to remind ourselves that words do totally connect us cross-culturally and in so many other ways.
Today’s word is “remote” and we’re going to look at it in a global context through the definition: “in a place (or space) far from the centers of population”. (*) This fits well into the PROfile component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive framework, since different facets of being remote contribute to cultural and cross cultural identities. (**)
The PROfile, or state, of remote-ness offers us diverse pathways we can explore:
~ Historically and literally, remote regions or specific sites were isolated, difficult to access, rarely visited by those from the outside. Their cultures were distinct and changed little - time often seemed to stand still within their borders. Explorers went forth and returned with their stories of these remote places and peoples. But the actual spaces remained remote!
~ Fast forward into the 21st century now, and especially in the past few years as the pandemic impacted lives globally, remote-ness (for example, working remotely) became one new normal, and making essential connections despite having to be ‘socially distanced’ (remote…) was pretty much everyone’s challenge.
And then too
~ Figuratively, one can actually occupy a remote space (mentally, socially, etc) in the middle of otherwise busy thoroughfares. How often do we feel out of touch or sync with those around us?
In any given context, being remote does involve - for better and for worse - being removed from what is otherwise the normal or status quo hustle and bustle.
SO, what does this have to do with cross-cultural communications and global community building? I propose that, as globalization has become the 21st century norm and the world continues to rapidly open up through travel and technology innovations, remote-ness itself is constantly being challenged! It behooves us to explore what aspects of it can contribute to our personal and collective well-being, like for example giving people the space to work independently and communities the opportunities to develop their own sustainable grassroots dynamics. On the other hand, there are many remote realities we do well to avoid, since staying (for example) culturally remote can be the demise of that culture.
How about you ~ what’s one globally remote experience, positive or negative, you have had?
Share about that with a friend or note it here.
And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on global remote-ness.
Thanks for being part of this Connect community.
Until next week,
Global SKILLs LINKs
~ Remote places = adventure, unspoiled beauty
~ making remote ‘work’ for everyone: https://fortune.com/2023/08/28/smuckers-return-to-office-super-commuters/
Related Connects: 7/1/20 - autonomous learning; 5/5/21 - continents; 4/27/22 - other worlds; 5/31/23 - cultural islands (scroll down here to find these posted by date)
* other meanings you can explore for our word of the day: https://www.google.com/search?q=defintion+remote
** 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 Framework:
PRO = PROfile (which we explored this week) , PROcess, PROgram
ACT = Application, Collaboration and Transformation
~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming
2022 ~ Celebrating 40+ years of working in
intercultural communications and global community building
“It takes a community to build a community”