Comments on: How Gypsies can embrace change… http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/scottmckenzie/2011/03/28/how-gypsies-can-embrace-change/ Mon, 15 Aug 2011 23:43:36 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 hourly 1 By: Scott McKenzie http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/scottmckenzie/2011/03/28/how-gypsies-can-embrace-change/comment-page-1/#comment-3126 Scott McKenzie Wed, 30 Mar 2011 14:29:45 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/scottmckenzie/?p=318#comment-3126 Thanks for the comment Andrei. You clearly have much more experience with the Gypsy communities than I do. As I said in the post I am no expert about the Gypsy way of life. However, I do probably have a more positive view of human nature's ability to adapt and change... whether that is through choice or responding to broader societal change around them. Thanks for the comment Andrei. You clearly have much more experience with the Gypsy communities than I do. As I said in the post I am no expert about the Gypsy way of life. However, I do probably have a more positive view of human nature’s ability to adapt and change… whether that is through choice or responding to broader societal change around them.

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By: Andrei Gala http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/scottmckenzie/2011/03/28/how-gypsies-can-embrace-change/comment-page-1/#comment-3125 Andrei Gala Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:42:39 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/scottmckenzie/?p=318#comment-3125 I found the CorpComms article very striking for two reasons. The first was the fact that PROs try to picture sollutions for the gypsy community based on what they saw on telly, without actually knowing the real problems this minority has. The second was the way they see the sollutions, as they were addressing a multinational corporation and not an ancient tradition. I was born in Eastern Europe, in Romania to be more precise, and I have been exposed to all sorts of gypsy communities, really numerous ones, each completely different from the other. I am going to lay out some of my own oppinions for each of your 5 approaches. 1. I do not think that the gypsy communities will ever want to change their customs and traditions and not at all thier way of life. Although many of us do not understand how change could be avoided, their way of life is very basic and traditional and I am sure they will decide to move in other parts of Europe instead of adapting to out way of life. 2. The leaders already act as role models, that's why they behave the way they do. 3. Many of the gypsy communities cannot and will not engage with one-another because of past differences that separated them in the first place. Gypsies are a really individualistic community that enjoys living in solitude. Moreover, becaude they do not want to change, they will not adapt to other communities traditions if that means forgetting their own. 4. Generally, leaders of the community are already consulting with influential individuals that came out of their own. Unfortunatelly, as I said earlier, they do not want change, in fact they loathe change, and they only try to portray a better image without actually trying to change it. 5. Indeed, they ought to celebrate positive examples of the community, but we need to see the fact that what we see as a positive they might not, so it's really difficult to relate to positives with people that have completely different view from our own. Appologies if you find this offending but I have had all sorts of demoralising experiences while trying to deal with the gypsies in Romania and having that in mind I don't really see a bright future for them. I found the CorpComms article very striking for two reasons. The first was the fact that PROs try to picture sollutions for the gypsy community based on what they saw on telly, without actually knowing the real problems this minority has. The second was the way they see the sollutions, as they were addressing a multinational corporation and not an ancient tradition.
I was born in Eastern Europe, in Romania to be more precise, and I have been exposed to all sorts of gypsy communities, really numerous ones, each completely different from the other. I am going to lay out some of my own oppinions for each of your 5 approaches.
1. I do not think that the gypsy communities will ever want to change their customs and traditions and not at all thier way of life. Although many of us do not understand how change could be avoided, their way of life is very basic and traditional and I am sure they will decide to move in other parts of Europe instead of adapting to out way of life.
2. The leaders already act as role models, that’s why they behave the way they do.
3. Many of the gypsy communities cannot and will not engage with one-another because of past differences that separated them in the first place. Gypsies are a really individualistic community that enjoys living in solitude. Moreover, becaude they do not want to change, they will not adapt to other communities traditions if that means forgetting their own.
4. Generally, leaders of the community are already consulting with influential individuals that came out of their own. Unfortunatelly, as I said earlier, they do not want change, in fact they loathe change, and they only try to portray a better image without actually trying to change it.
5. Indeed, they ought to celebrate positive examples of the community, but we need to see the fact that what we see as a positive they might not, so it’s really difficult to relate to positives with people that have completely different view from our own.
Appologies if you find this offending but I have had all sorts of demoralising experiences while trying to deal with the gypsies in Romania and having that in mind I don’t really see a bright future for them.

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