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.