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midweek Connect: 4/28/21 ~ the 3rd Cup of Tea

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Greetings and Happy Midweek,

Imidweek Connect: 4/28/21 ~ the 3rd Cup of Tea


Greetings and Happy Midweek,

In our quest for all things cultural, this week I’d like to invite you to reflect with me on aspects of effective cross-cultural PROgrams. This fits into our Global SKILLs’ PROACTive Framework as the 3rd “PRO” component. It serves the key role of bringing together the first 2 components (participants = PROfiles and PROcess) resulting in PROgrams which indeed are strategically integrated.


To explore key aspects of strategically integrated PROgrams, let’s visit a Senegalese Tea Drink - which is a delightful variation of a cultural event celebrated daily throughout Africa. The tea drink lasts between 2 and 3 hours, takes place usually in the shade often with everyone sitting together on a large woven mat and involves preparing and drinking 3 cups of tea - each with its own special characteristics. The whole event is ‘steeped’ (pun totally intended!) in cultural insights. Today we’ll linger on the 3rd cup, which illustrates the PROgram component nicely.


After the first two cups, during which those gathered arrive, settle in and enjoy some initial refreshment, the third cup is the one over which they will linger. In this cup’s amber depths, we find an extra sweet, smooth drink inviting each participant, as they sip and savor the tea, to engage more deeply in the conversation, thus connecting them more closely with the community around the mat. And so it is with well designed, strategically integrated PROgrams - which fully engage participants who have been (as with those first 2 cups) appropriately prepared and equipped to come together and fully collaborate through the PROgram’s strategically integrated stages toward achieving goals which are mutually beneficial for everyone involved..


How about you ~ what kind of cultural event have you attended recently which drew you in, to linger and engage with the gathered community?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

And what of cups 1 and 2, you might ask? Stay tuned, we’ll enjoy them together in future weeks!

Check out Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on the Senegalese Tea Drink, and other similar tea-centered events from around the world.

Until next week,

Betsy


Global SKILLs LINKs


2021 ~ Celebrating 40 years of working in

intercultural communications and global community building

Connecting, Collaborating, Cultivating Community



To explore key aspects of strategically integrated PROgrams, let’s visit a Senegalese Tea Drink - which is a delightful variation of a cultural event celebrated daily throughout Africa. The tea drink lasts between 2 and 3 hours, takes place usually in the shade often with everyone sitting together on a large woven mat and involves preparing and drinking 3 cups of tea - each with its own special characteristics. The whole event is ‘steeped’ (pun totally intended!) in cultural insights. Today we’ll linger on the 3rd cup, which illustrates the PROgram component nicely.


After the first two cups, during which those gathered arrive, settle in and enjoy some initial refreshment, the third cup is the one over which they will linger. In this cup’s amber depths, we find an extra sweet, smooth drink inviting each participant, as they sip and savor the tea, to engage more deeply in the conversation, thus connecting them more closely with the community around the mat. And so it is with well designed, strategically integrated PROgrams - which fully engage participants who have been (as with those first 2 cups) appropriately prepared and equipped to come together and fully collaborate through the PROgram’s strategically integrated stages toward achieving goals which are mutually beneficial for everyone involved..


How about you ~ what kind of cultural event have you attended recently which drew you in, to linger and engage with the gathered community?

Share about that with a friend or note it here.

And what of cups 1 and 2, you might ask? Stay tuned, we’ll enjoy them together in future weeks!

Check out Global SKILLs LINKs below for more on the Senegalese Tea Drink, and other similar tea-centered events from around the world.

Until next week,

Betsy


Global SKILLs LINKs


2021 ~ Celebrating 40 years of working in

intercultural communications and global community building

Connecting, Collaborating, Cultivating Community


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