The official meaning of xenogamy is cross-pollination, taking the pollen from one plant and fertilizing a different plant with it. It’s from two Greek words, xenos meaning “stranger” and gamos meaning “marriage.”
Everyone can practice xenogamy, even if they aren’t a horticulturist, farmer, or gardener. You might even say it’s vital. Cross-pollination doesn’t necessarily involve pollen or plants. It can involve a rock musician learning classical works, a ballet dancer learning tap, a horror author reading Regency romance. Or a physicist playing the violin…Embed from Getty Images
Roger von Oech, who wrote the books A Whack On The Side Of The Head and A Kick In The Seat Of The Pants, suggests developing friendships with people in different fields. Think of what an engineer could learn from a screenwriter, or a musician could learn from a financier, or a salesman could learn from a stand-up comic. And vice versa.
Practice xenogamy in your life!