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mid-week Connect: 8/10/23 ~ Porches across cultures

Greetings and Happy Midweek!

I heard a really interesting interview this morning which inspired our topic for today. We're going to explore some cultural facets of porches.* This fits nicely into the Collaboration component of our Global SKILLs PROACTive Framework, because although sitting on a porch alone is a fine experience…sitting together with others and taking in the world around is - well, so much more dynamic, right?! **


Porches and balconies (which I’ll call ‘porches in the air’!), are truly a global architectural feature which are cherished as welcoming resting spaces and gathering places. Porches can be extravagantly ornate, wrapping around a Victorian mansion or they can be a simple hard packed slab in front of a thatched roof mud hut. Porches can overlook the lawn or the sea or the city laid out below - with a million dollar view or a concrete wall across the street. People sit and read on their porch, and husk corn or sort peanuts to be planted. Kids play quiet games in the shade on hot days and lovers swing the evening hours away cuddling on their porch. According to the interview I mention above (see the LINK below), we also learn about and experience the world around us, sometimes as an observer and sometimes as a participant, from the porches of our lives.

And this is what inspired me to think about the power porches offer to the global community. Sit and stay a spell…pitch in as the women wash veggies to put in the bubbling pot nearby…listen to yet another story or joke or word of wisdom from the elder perched comfortably. All of this and so much more can happen on a porch. As we live and work across cultures, if we take advantage of the vantage point and join in to whatever is happening on the porches we come across, we’ll gain insights, learn lessons and be able to savor cultural delights!

I hope somewhere in our community of readers right now, one of us at least is sitting on a porch reading this…

How about you ~ what is one favorite cultural moment enjoyed on a porch in your past or present?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

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

Thanks for being part of this Connect community.

Until next week,

Betsy


Global SKILLs LINKs

~ one American porches sub-culture: http://blcfieldschool2017.weebly.com/porch-culture.html


Notes

* Related Connects: 7/22/20 - breakout rooms; 1/26/22 - art-full; 4/20/22 - belonging

(scroll down here to the date)

** Through my business Global SKILLs and several partner subsidiaries I offer unique cross-cultural consulting and training including:

3 Dimensional Dynamics Model: (which we explored this week)

1st dimension = HOME ; 2nd dimension = HOST ; 3rd dimension = HARBOR)

PROACTive Framework:

PRO = PROfile, PROcess, PROgram

ACT = Application, Collaboration (which we explored this week) and Transformation

~ contact me for more information on this model and these strategies and how you might use them in your current programming: betsy.barbour@gmail.com


2023 ~ Celebrating 40+ years of working in

intercultural communications and global community building

“It takes a community to build a community”


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