Greetings and Happy Midweek!
It seems like every day, somewhere in the media we read about new discoveries. I have fun collecting these…and thought we could reflect a bit today on discovering things in cross-cultural contexts. This fits nicely into the HOST or 2nd dimension of our Global SKILLs 3D Dynamics. When we live and work cross-culturally, we do - or at least we can - make daily discoveries about our Host Community, right?!
One recent situation in Peru highlights several ways in which a cross-cultural (in this case, cross-linguistic) discovery came to be. Apparently it has been recently discovered that the world famous mountain top city of Machu Picchu is - or at least was - actually not named that! (https://www.insider.com/world-called-machu-picchu-wrong-name-over-century-2022-4). After realizing that experts in several domains had clues of other names from early primary resources, a team pursued various lines of inquiry to discover the ‘real’/original name of the city.
The point of this for me is, as new arrivals in any cross-cultural situation, we should be open to the possibility that words in this new language (or names, or things, or perspectives of Host community members) might be something we need to examine closely, over time and process with people as we get to know them…and then, volià! We too will be making discoveries which inform and enrich our cross-cultural work.
How about you ~ what cross-cultural discovery have you made recently?
Share about that with a friend or note it here.
And check out the Global SKILLs LINKs below for a few other cool discoveries…
Thanks for being part of this Connect community.
Until next week,
Global SKILLs LINKs
~ Another Latin American discovery - a new fish species in the Amazon
~ How about a cross-species health-care discovery - does this have any cross-cultural facets?! https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/07/science/chimpanzees-insects-medicine-wounds.html
* Global SKILLs 3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: 1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST (which we looked at today); 3rd dimension = HARBOR)
~ contact me for more information on this model and how you might use it in your current programming
2022 ~ Celebrating 40+ years of working in
intercultural communications and global community building
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