The illiterate in a multiliterate world (Episode 2)
Honestly the previous post was not meant for Webheads. It was a reaction to my experience in another non-EVO activity adopting similar principles. I spent two weeks negotiating my way to team work in a multicultural group of ten participants aiming at building a course together. I used all the techniques I’d acquired from Webheads’ and other activities. I tried bottom-up planning and positive team building techniques. I tried to reach out in every way I know so we could reach a common ground, despite the barriers of language, space and time. I was faced by walls of silence. I kept wondering what I did wrongly. Then, I decided to sit back and watch. I came to realize there were serious ego clashes lying beneath. After 2 weeks of unsuccessful efforts to get everyone on the same page, many of the team members managed to make it to a synchronous meeting. However, I decided to step out.Reflecting on my experience, I feel sad to be misunderstood, secluded and unappreciated. Posts, friend requests and cyber gifts were often ignored. It really hurt physically and mentally. That experience was unlike what I experience among Webheads, a community bustling with leaders who don’t suffer from ego problems. They make members feel welcome the minute they get in the community. They believe in good will and open-mindedness. They believe in the exponential growth of learning by practicing what they preach. They don’t exercise the powerful/more knowledgeable vs. powerless/less knowledgeable relations. Participants are seen in various lights through linguistic, cultural, political, historical, economic and social lenses. Two days ago, I thought of writing a status message that I was grateful to be learning among Webheads. However, it sounded cheesy and could have passed unnoticed. Delving deeper into the reasons and sharing them with others made it more meaningful.