The Chimche workshop series is a space to improve a variety of our interpersonal skills whilst also engaging in thought-provoking discussions, on subjects that relate to our individual and collective progress.
The workshop is judgement free, regardless if we agree or disagree in discussions, and doesn’t conclude in ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answers. Rather, we leave with a collection of personal interpretations that broaden our understanding of subjective topics such as ‘Identity’.
Here’s the introductory exercise from the Chimche workshop followed by a montage of clips relating to themes discussed throughout the workshop – Note down as many of these themes as possible.
Clips in order of appearance: ‘Ana wa Akhi’ (song: Sandhill Remix), ‘Analyse this’, Malcolm X, Scarface, Hayev Kahraman, Steve Jobs, Muhammed Ali
The aim of last night’s workshop was to enable us to consciously visualise our own understanding of the term ‘identity’. And to improve our internal discussion on the subject by better articulating our thoughts and by breaking down its components through the use of an ‘identity wheel’ (below).
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- We also differentiated between our inherited identity and the internal and external factors that play a part in our identity formation process, and the role they have in allowing us to negotiate our identity both within ourselves and within society (e.g. Malcolm X case).
- Thirdly we explored how corporations and organisations construct their branded identity and how that affects our consumption habits, if at all. Think of the loyalty we create to certain brands, products or services through our consumption of them, what role does that play in shaping who we are?
- Finally, we explored how national identity plays a part in our individual and collective identity formation, and to what extent we are shaped by the sense of a national identity. This also leads to the aspect of migration and our perception of others and the boundaries we place around them. As we also saw in the intro video, Mohammed Ali contested both his inherited identity and what his national identity required of him, an act which ultimately had a huge impact around the world. Consider what the root of these points might be for you, and what they are influenced by.
As our process of identity formation is constantly evolving, it seems that finding clarity lies not only in what we attain and accumulate through life but perhaps it’s also about what to let go of – To filter all of the things we have accumulated through our life journey so far in order to know what to keep to define our ‘self’ and the various extensions of it (i.e. our digital self, professional self etc.).
This filtering process will, in turn, enable us to see the things, both tangible and intangible, that we don’t actually need or benefit from, and the things that continuously make the subject of identity seemingly chaotic and confusing.
“So many of us choose our paths out of fear disguised as practicality.” Jim Carrey [Read More]
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