IWCD192: Identity & Congenial Fellowship
First, the company I use to publish this newsletter (BeeHiiv), recently created a haiku about it on Twitter:
Blockchain's rhythm flows,
One-person business takes root,
Ancient wisdom leads.
— beehiiv 🐝 (@beehiiv)
Jan 31, 2023
Second, I came across a concept known as “congenial fellowship” while talking with a cousin of mine who works at a bank.
She said she learned about this concept from indigenous Australians (Aborigines).
So I asked ChatGPT and Perplexity.ai about it. Here’s what it generated:
“Congenial fellowship is an important feature of Aboriginal social life in central Australia. It has been left largely unanalyzed by professional linguists, but is seen as a social imperative among Aborigines. Conversations are often directed towards achieving congenial fellowship.”
But what I learned from my cousin, was that it’s more about helping groups start off at a level playing field. So instead of introducing yourself with your work-related titles, which almost always creates a sense of hierarchy between group members, you introduce yourself with:
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