Lessons from the field (part 2)


June 13th, 2009

So I learnt some stuff about facilitating. That’s not all I learnt in Indonesia:

  • Aid workers tell some of the best, and funniest stories – and best of all is when they try to gazump each other!
  • Roti = white bread, not the yummy roti we know and love
  • There’s no such thing as a short drive in Indonesia – and if they say it will be between 2 – 4 hours, they mean 4 hours
  • Similarly, a one-hour jaunt on the rim of a volcano turns into a three-hour epic (OK, I’m exaggerating about the epic bit, but not about the 3-hour bit)
  • Speaking of the volcano – inspiration is everywhere. Part way up the volcano we saw a group of young people playing a communication game involving string, a bottle and a nail (buy me a drink one day and I’ll explain it). Low tech, do anywhere, something I could use one day.
  • White line fever is alive and well. Put people into teams and get them competing with each other and, watch out! Maybe competitiveness IS in our genes?
  • An iPod (especially loaded with TED talks) is a saviour from crap television
  • You can’t go past shared experiences, even as common-place as meals, to build relationships, connection and friendships.
  • Kabaddi is a cool game

1 Comment so far

  1. Tris on June 24, 2009 4:17 pm

    Yeah I was pretty floored by the roti thing… I guess even seasoned travellers still have something new to learn… ;o)

    And I reckon there was enough scrambling going on on the volcano rim to at least warrant ‘blockbuster’, even if we didn’t quite make ‘epic’…

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