This week I will be reflecting on the cultural cues that I have received at my community site. This past month, I have noticed many aspects of culture in the Green Garage. Some of these observations have including the youthful spirit everyone has, the general healthy diet of people that stay in the office to eat, and a diversity of races and ethnicities walking around and talking to each other.
I am intrigued and feel like I fit in with the culture of “speak with your actions, not your words” that everyone seems to have, especially in my nonprofit placement. My supervisor described the feelings she had when she went to a conference over the weekend about how good food can influence health in America. She mentioned that she felt like everyone was talking about where they got their degrees from and whose book they had recently read, just to assert their dominance over their colleagues.
My supervisor was so funny and real when she said, “oh, you have a degree from where? Oh okay, have you solved world hunger? No? How about hunger in your community? No? Okay, I don’t care.” I completely understood what she was saying because you can go to the best school(s) for your degrees and if you do not do anything with them for your community, they are essentially useless.
I see that one aspect of the culture in this workplace and in my nonprofit is certainly that actions speak louder than words, and to always look at how the community is thriving before you look at yourself and individual accomplishments. Being a part of this larger community in the Green Garage workplace and as a fellow at my nonprofit placement has shifted my perspective to focusing on events and feelings outside of myself. I think that is an integral part of the culture here.
Focus on what needs to be done and what you are going to do once you have been educated about an issue in your community.