Gratitude & Generosity  {   in cross –cultural exchanges
{   An encounter
What then mustwe do?     {   A question
Encounter, Extraction,Exchange      {   A range of possibilities
{   My movement towards an answer
2011-2012 Trips with            students Evolving experiments with cross cultural exchange.
2011 Learning Exchange
Why a Learning exchange? • We wanted to   shift the model of   “service”   learning. • Collaborative   learning model   ev...
Coffee, crafts and culture        January 2012 Learning Exchange to Nicaragua.
• We do not “serve”, this is  not service learning.• Collaborative learning  model evolved from  discussions in Nicaragua....
What then can wedo?     {   Service, solidarity, generosity and         gratitude13                                       ...
Service, service learning              {   can function as beneficial                  for both host communities          ...
Solidarity deepens and                    transform service, creating                    a lens through which             ...
In my experience, we – the               {   privileged from North                   America – are most often             ...
{   And we can return only                   honest gratitude to our                   hosts.Offering gratitude
{    Don TeofiloUnasked for gifts
Gratitude & generosity in cross-cultural exchanges
Gratitude & generosity in cross-cultural exchanges
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My first pass at a presentation addressing issues of gratitude and generosity. A second version will be expanded to include more philosophical grounding.

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Gratitude & generosity in cross-cultural exchanges

  1. 1. Gratitude & Generosity { in cross –cultural exchanges
  2. 2. { An encounter
  3. 3. What then mustwe do? { A question
  4. 4. Encounter, Extraction,Exchange { A range of possibilities
  5. 5. { My movement towards an answer
  6. 6. 2011-2012 Trips with students Evolving experiments with cross cultural exchange.
  7. 7. 2011 Learning Exchange
  8. 8. Why a Learning exchange? • We wanted to shift the model of “service” learning. • Collaborative learning model evolved from discussions in Nicaragua.
  9. 9. Coffee, crafts and culture January 2012 Learning Exchange to Nicaragua.
  10. 10. • We do not “serve”, this is not service learning.• Collaborative learning model evolved from discussions in Nicaragua.• Focus on activities and experiences to build solidarity Learning through experienceInternational solidarity is "not an act of charity but an act of unity between allies fighting ondifferent terrains toward the same objectives." - Samora Machel
  11. 11. What then can wedo? { Service, solidarity, generosity and gratitude13 6/5/2012
  12. 12. Service, service learning { can function as beneficial for both host communities and North American ParticipantsSupporting development
  13. 13. Solidarity deepens and transform service, creating a lens through which what has been seen and { experienced creates a bridge. There is no other world, no place to go to – there is only the struggle of humans working together to build a world.Acting in solidarity
  14. 14. In my experience, we – the { privileged from North America – are most often the recipients of true generosity.Receiving true generosity
  15. 15. { And we can return only honest gratitude to our hosts.Offering gratitude
  16. 16. { Don TeofiloUnasked for gifts

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