Wamena, Papua, Indonesia,
I’m just back from an exhausting trek with the Lani tribe in the mountains of the Baliem valley, Papua. I learnt to walk on trees in the jungle, to sleep with rats in small huts, to teach flute to kids (and I re-learnt flute is the most annoying instrument when kids start to “play” it), to wash -or not- in cold rivers, to eat strange fruits from the jungle, to great Papua people, to participate to the collective songs in smoky huts at night, to eat betel nuts (thanks Jacques!)…
But I think the most important thing I learnt during the trek comes from a short TED talk I watched just before… Thank you Terry Moore! “How to tie your shoes”
I can tell it makes a huge difference! If you tie your shoes correctly, no more need for double knots, ever!
Seriously, did you know that?
TED rule 12: Tie my shoes properly
Wamena, Bailem Valley, West Papua
Plans are made to be changed. From last week in Kuala Lumpur, I took 3 long flights back to Indonesia to arrive in Wamena, a village of the Bailem Valley, in the middle of West Papua. I’m going for a one week trek tomorrow, so no electricity and obviously no internet. Early TED rule this week!
And I’m introducing Sam Richards, an american sociologist. I found that the method he is using in his talk “a radical experiment in empathy” is a good way to introduce the diverse realities of the world we’re sharing.
Step outside of your tiny little world, step inside of the tiny little world of somebody else. And then do it again, and do it again, and do it again. And suddenly all these tiny little worlds they come together in this complex web and they build a big complex world. And suddenly, without realizing it, you’ve seen the world differently. Everything is changed. Everything in your life is changed.
Thanks to my sabbatical, it’s quite easy for me to “step outside of my tiny little world”, I do it physically everyday. An it’s one of the goal of my trip: to “attend to others’s lives, other visions, listen to other people, enlighten ourselves”…
But for this TED rule I wanted something even more concrete, or more physical.
If I can get you to step into their shoes, and walk an inch, one tiny inch, then imagine the kind of sociological analysis you can do in all other aspect of your life…
As it was the case in Mentawai, I’m meeting people who don’t wear shoes. So I decided to wear the tiny something else that they’re wearing – called a koteka. ( you can understand I had to blur the picture 🙂
I’m not sure I can find a clear sentence to define this new TED rule. Any idea?