Thanks for your introduction and kind words @noemi! Nawaya is certainly much more arabic in the workshops than it is online - peeps be great actually :). I have simply finished my gig with them and am looking to take what I’ve learned forward
The workshop with Nadia was awesome! I learned that my project isn’t as convoluted as it can be in my head if I can articulate it clearly and that people from outside my areas of interest can understand and appreciate it. I learned that letting someone have a meta conversation about the conversational style we’re having is helpful to create more productive conversation (if someone says they can talk forever if we let them, then it’s easier to remind them of what they said rather than telling them "you’re talking too much"which can be insulting. I learned about the cards which help one focus on a variety of business areas @nadia showed us. I learned about letting the “users” gather their own “data” in a way that’s more easy to collect in real time rather than sending surveys. And that mixing Zaatar and oil before serving it makes a cement that’s almost impossible to extract, so keep them separate.
In terms of family… my parents have been having a tough time due to a brother who is a “failure” in their eyes. No job, keeps getting into trouble with the law / courts, accidents, broken bones, and they’re very concerned. I left Michigan due to feeling very bottled up due to the conservative attitude they held, only to find that I miss them, and that the conservative attitude sometimes feels like a warm blanket for me in the cold open air of questioning, doubt, and a nomadic life. In terms of communities, I have many, and friends - who would open their homes to me. Yet somehow I do not feel close to many people. I’m not sure what the reason is yet and I’m thinking perhaps it’s due to my lack of stronger family connections. There’s this idea in the muslim tradition that before you go help others, help those closest of kin to you, then move out. I see them getting older and I feel that there is something I must do, we will see.
Yeah! I guess I agree with baderdean - that I’m not replacing other belongings, but to form a cohort, or a crew, a set of likeminded people who can support an evolving vision. I do have some communities like that. Perhaps I need to be clear about that for myself, so I don’t wind up feeling like:
Also! Max if you’re here! Come to Lamba! We’re right next to the American University near Bliss st!