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mid-week Connect: 11/29/23 ~ This land is (whose?) land

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

I thought we would explore the topic of land, and specifically land ownership, today with a focus on cross cultural considerations. This fits neatly into the PROfile component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework as we’ll look briefly at how people identify and use ‘their’ lands. And it also is part of the HOST dimension of our 3D Dynamics Model because, as we travel across cultures, understanding and respecting our host communities’ land and land ownership perspectives and practices is so very important. [*]

Looking at the multi-faceted, complex profile of land and land ownership around the world and throughout history, people groups have chosen, used and protected what each considers to be ‘their land’. While ownership for some is not even a consideration (the land just ‘is’ and they live on it), ownership for others means simply moving in and claiming it - regardless of who is already there.

Today’s varied discourse, and battles being fought in all domains, echo millenia of land and land related exchanges (socio-cultural, economic, political…). I was struck just this morning reading an article on indigenous lands being returned to their ‘rightful’ owners in Ecuador and, upon digging deeper, am glad to see other victories for those groups in the Amazon region (see LINKs below). Sometimes land related matters include ownership of what’s on the land as well. One intriguing example of that which I experienced comes from among the Jola people of Senegal where one person owns the land at the edge of the village, but if someone else plants trees on that land - those trees and the fruit they bear belong to the planter!

For those of us who live and work in host communities, it behooves us to be aware of, seek to understand and respect the complexities of the lands upon which we ‘do our thing’. In our times, awareness of the long term impacts of colonialism and climate change on ancestral lands - among many other issues - helps inform our own activities and engagement, at whatever level is culturally appropriate.

How about you ~ what is one land related consideration within a different culture that you have experienced?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

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

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,



~ an American folksong, “This land is your land” :


Related Connect posts on this topic: 11/18/20 - zoning; 2/24/21 - cultural awakenings; 1/5/22 - orientation; 7/6/23 - repatriation & rematriation

(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 (which we explored this week) ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR)

PROACTive 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:

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