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Poetry Fishbowl Report for July 5, 2016
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 2nd, 2016 07:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Nonbinary person waves "hi"

>> And, of course, not too long after writing the preceding, I realized that the right environment would turn things I listed as obstacles into advantages. <<

Yay! \o/

>> I am a stakeholder in the struggle for greater cultural acceptance of variant genders; having an expression that matches my gender identity would help confirm that; and public expression would support all sides acknowledging that I was aware of the issues separating them, and that a solution would also benefit me. <<

Sooth. I imagine that you are a stakeholder in many other areas too, as most people are. You have a community -- a neighborhood or town or whatever you identify with -- perhaps a religion or political party, some assortment of worthy causes. Everyone on Earth is a stakeholder in things like climate change whether they choose to act on that or not.

>> That sounds a lot more like something worth investigating to me. <<

Go for it!

>> It doesn't cover the people skills, but I understand that can be dealt with. Time to look closer... <<

Yep. People skills can be learned, or relearned if you got the wrong set. Don't try to do everything at once. Break it down into manageable portions. Frex, "I-Messages," "Three-Part Messages," and "Active Listening" are really useful techniques applicable not only to practices of mediation and facilitation but many other situations as well.
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