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mid-week Connect: 4/3/24 ~ Senses across cultures

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

And it’s April 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.*  We are going to do a series of related Word Connects for the next few months and each will fit into the PROfile component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework as well as the HOST Dimension of our 3D Dynamics Perspective. Both PROfile and HOST address aspects of who we are meeting and interacting with across cultures, and how important it is to understand these using insights gained from cultural practices and perspectives.**

In this Series, we’ll be looking at the English words: sense, scents and cents.

Today’s word is sense - in the context of the 5 sensory perceptions we in the west define as “taste, sight, hearing, touch and smell”.

In my work on the urban farm, we often give tours to folks coming through and we include a “5 Senses Experience” so they can more fully engage with the farm environment. As we have a very diverse group of visitors, I sometimes wonder if my leading them in what I understand as the 5 senses really ‘speaks’ to their own perceptions - based on their cultural background. 

I know for example, when we lived in the village in West Africa, there was a wild fruit which the kids, mine included, loved - the Jola kids all said and agreed it was “sweet”. Well, my own taste buds told me differently - and it intrigued me if my sons would grow up with a different idea of “sweet”, based on experiences like this.   

What does this have to do with cross-cultural communications and global community building? When we enter into different cultures, getting to know how they define and use their senses, and sharing from our own perspectives and experiences, can be very useful keys to a myriad of cultural insights and understandings. Well worth exploring… 

How about for you ~ have you had a crosscultural sensory experience which differs from what you would have expected?

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,





* Previous Word Connects to enjoy - 1/4/23 - tapestry; 3/8/23 - slang; 4/5/23 - mien; 7/6/23 - repatriation & rematriation; 8/2/23 - circumlocution; 11/1/23 spelling across cultures; 2/9/24 - gloaming; 3/7/24 - quotidian (use the blog link above to find these by date) 

** 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 Learning Strategies:                                                                                                 

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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