I value relationship above all other aspects of life. Not only does putting people first help me be more effective and sustainable in life, it has helped me create a strong social structure around me that supports me. When you are out there in the deep end looking for aspects that are broken and hurting you really need that support.
I was born into a family that believed the world is small and borders are arbitrary. Growing up in South Africa afforded me the opportunity to experience scores of different cultures and ways of living.
I travelled from very young – learned to speak English for the first time when I went to kindergarten in Hawaii. I spent many extended periods living abroad.
I’ve ended up in the Midwest of America now. I got my US citizenship in 2013.
I believe that you should travel enough to remind you of your context. I’ve been in way too many meetings where people how have spent their entire lives in white middle class society in the midwest falsely think they understand people and proceed to make dreadful choices.
The things I learn when travelling add to the toolbox of experiences I draw from to be creative.
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I am extrovert and social. Hospitality comes naturally to me and we’ve leveraged that to create community around us. A few years ago I engaged in an audacious endeavour to have hundreds of people come eat in my relatively small apartment.
Read about that here: How I created community around a table.