WHAT’S IN A NAME?
Manpremo is the Esperanto name for a ‘Handshake’
Why use Esperanto?
Esperanto is culturally neutral by design and was created to enable frictionless communication.
The use of Esperanto terms is symbolic for what we want to achieve because we work worldwide in a diversity of cultures and in the areas of both technology and business. Hence the ability to foster frictionless communication between parties is of paramount importance in our world, and its a prerequisite for a flourishing life.
Below is an adaption to our context of an excerpt from L.M. Zamenhof’s opening speech at the first Esperanto Congress in Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1905:
‘When we meet there are no strong or weak parties, no privileged or under privileged, no domination, and nobody should feel uncomfortable when talking to another. We are all on neutral ground and on equal footing, we all feel as part of the same community and as members of the same family. We are together not as strangers, not as competitors but a brothers and sisters that don’t force our own agenda, language and terminology on others. We understand each other at a human level. Our encounters are not as English or Swiss, not as customer or supplier, not as technologist or business person, but are meetings of people with people.’
Why use a handshake?
A handshake is both a greeting and a way of sealing a deal. Allegedly it is meant to build up trust by showing that one doesn’t carry arms.
A more scientific reason is that a touch releases Oxytocin that acts as the neuro-mechanism for clubs and tribes that bonds together and creates boundaries between those that are bonded to and those that are not.
Whatever the reason the important thing is trust.