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Just like in any modern-day organization, the Cordilleran communities are imperfect—very far from perfect. Yet, they were able to preserve an enormous ancient mega-structure for two millennia. How did they sustain that?
Short answer: culture. Long answer: their way of life. Longer answer: Even longer answer: the-way-it's-done-here.
Longest answer: the way they identified, clarified, and solidified their culture.
The death of the indigenous culture let alone the destruction of the rice terraces has been around for centuries. Yet, they managed to survive. The culture is still very much alive.
And the people still know what their ancestors used to know i.e. management of resources, maintenance of the land, everyday do's and don'ts.
Buy their rice field at P1M and you'll get a no for an answer. Only a few popular brands got in and it took time to get there. Lust for modern-day consumer goods and products? Only a little. Is this a one person decision? No. It's culture. Everyone subscribed to it!
Our indigenous people know who they are, where they stand, and what they represent (modern-day branding). They have identified, clarified, and solidified their culture so strong not even time was able to put them away.
In your organization (seriously):
- Have you identified your culture or simply made an assumption?
- Have you clarified it to everyone in your organization or you make them guess what it is?
- Have you solidified your culture so strong that disruption, change, and transformation can be seen by your people as an opportunity rather than a a threat?