News in October
BELGIUM – The Community Life Competence/SALT approach bring people together in Vilvoorde
Let Jan Somers guide you with photos through the event organized by community members in Vilvoorde, Brussels, Belgium, on Saturday 12 October 2013. Their objective was to meet, connect, listen, appreciate and dream. You will discover the way BelCompetence approached the Dream Building exercise: the wall of dreams. Jan’s photos (1)
Representatives of the municipality of Vilvoorde were very interested by BelCompetence's facilitation because facilitators are "slow and simple": BelCompetence didn't rush them, just followed the pace of the community and they liked the simple way facilitators talk with people. They already have called upon all the experts, so it is time for a more effective, community driven approach. Some representatives are exploring the potential of applying the CLC/SALT approach to other serious issues.
Thursday 24 October, Jan Somers and Claude Theys facilitated a follow-up meeting. “This second meeting was exciting and full of hope,” says Jan. From the individual dreams, the group drew common themes that reflected their wish to find ways and means for respectful social interactions. Jan’s photos (2)
UGANDA – Older persons versus religious leaders in Entebbe
As a prelude to Entebbe’s celebration of the International Day for Older Persons, Health Nest Uganda (HENU) organised activities including football matches between older persons and religious leaders.Arthur Namara’s blog and pictures
Wednesday, 2 Octobre, HENU organised a 2 kilometres march. “The crowd continued to become bigger as many older persons joined the march accompanied by young ones,” shares Arthur Namara. The event was attended by 417 people and was a complete success.
KENYA – Primary Health Care revitalized by SALT
Onesmus Mutuku has helped refresh the Community Health Global Network (CHGN) in Western Kenya, with the SALT way of working and in partnership with Affirm. In Onesmus’ blog, a quote on SALT from a community health facilitator at a SALT event in Bomet, Kenya.
INDIA – Farmers adapting to climate change with Appreciative Inquiry
Eric Lynn has shared on Ning a publication of the Taos Institute written by Shayamal Kumar Saha and entitled “Appreciative Inquiry to Promote Local Innovations among Farmers Adapting to Climate Change, a Facilitators’ Guide”. The author describes his experience with farmers in Patikabari, India, at the border with Bangladesh (p.16): “Our main purpose of this informal dialogue with the farmers was to listen and learn from them about whether they were experiencing and observing climate changes, and if so, its effects on the agriculture. [...] The farmers of Patikabari started to speak about the difficulties of their lives and with their agriculture [...] In order to transform this vocabulary of deficit into discussions of vision we asked the farmers (present in the meeting), “What do we want? What is our wish?” Discourse began to change from deficit into the positive.” Here is one of the feedbacks from the facilitators of the Voluntary Organization for Rural Development, NGO founded by the author in Habashpur, his village in Bengladesh (p.19): “We as facilitators also now learnt that there are farmers in Patikabari village and neighboring villages who are great assets for the whole farming community to gain knowledge and technologies about how to do agriculture.” Eric’s request
“Why isn't more research done in this way? There are many sceptics out there. What can we do to help people to see that farmer-led research is robust and that the best innovations are those that come from local wisdom?” Olivia Munoru’s comment andEric’s reply to it.
The Taos Institute is a non-profit educational organization “committed to exploring, developing and disseminating ideas and practices that promote creative, appreciative and collaborative processes in families, communities and organizations around the world.” The president of The Taos Institute, Kenneth Gregen, is known for his comment "I am linked therefore I am" (Wikipedia)
GLOBAL – HARARE+50 : A healthy Africa
Jean-Louis Lamboray participated in the Dakar conference on the 25th anniversary of the Harare Declaration on health district. As evidenced by his blog on the site Health 4 Africa, Jean- Louis invites social service providers to learn how to participate in community processes, and people to manage their own health because they are "able to respond effectively and in sustainable way to the issues of the next 25 years by defining their vision, actions to achieve it and learning from action." To contribute to the debate.
FRANCE – Drawing from effective prevention experiences
Jean-Louis Lamboray participated in a debate with representatives of various French groups (VEOLIA, EDFSuez, Malakoff Mederic, etc.) organised by the Observatoire Social International (ISO) Thursday, 3 October, in Paris. OSI finds that the rising cost of health care associated with the extension of working life and the growing importance of chronic diseases requires the development of new prevention strategies. Jean-Louis documented the effectiveness of the approach of the Constellation by real-life stories in different countries and contexts. These results can be a source of inspiration for institutions, businesses and communities affected by uninspired health policy. The intervention of Jean-Louis has received very positive reactions from both speakers and participants, and the discussions that followed the meeting will probably give new horizons.
Saturday, 23 November, facilitators and members of Dutch Competence invite you to celebrate Dutch communities’ experiences. Participants will make a SALT visit to volunteers who work with youth in Kerkrade, South Limburg. After having lunch together, the SALT Market Place will open and everyone can share his or her experiences and learn from each other’s stories. You will find inspiration, advice and contacts to develop your own project. Bring snacks from your communities, photos illustrating your project and interested friends! Contact Marlou de Rouw to confirm your participation.
From 8 to 10 November, BelCompetence invites you to discover SALT and learn to facilitate CLCP.
From 5 to 8 December 2013, in Kathmandu, Nepal, new facilitators and community members will come together to capture and share what they have learned on implementing CLC in Nepal. The facilitation team of this Learning Festival will be Ruben Delprado (UNAIDS), Bina Pokharel, Rituu B. Nanda and Usa Duongsaa (Constellation).
From 22 to 26 September 2014, RDCCompetence and the Constellation are organising a Global Learning Festival in Democratic Republic of Congo. The festival will bring together communities and facilitators who develop community life competence with CLCP/SALT and other strength-based approaches like Appreciative Inquiry and ABCD to share and exchange. You’ll find a link in Events on Ning’s Home page to confirm your participation.