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Gaston was featured
Jun 17
Gaston replied to Célicia Theys's discussion Your experience on "practices" for self assessment!
"Yes, makes sense as separate step. Probably one of the hardest steps to facilitate in my opinion. I recently facilitated this with a company in singapore. After the dream step, I gave each of the team members 5 A4 papers. They had to start with We…"
Jun 17
Gaston commented on Michael Mc Garrell's blog post Life after SALT
"Thanks Michael. Great to hear from you. I hope you and your family are well. All the best."
Mar 9
Gaston liked Michael Mc Garrell's blog post Life after SALT
Mar 9
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Dec 1, 2016
Rituu B. Nanda commented on Gaston's blog post Dream building for an organization
"I enjoyed the drawings...very interesting. The second one and the last one are my favourite. what are the cons to keep in mind when team leaders facilitate dream building? Thanks and greetings Gaston!"
Nov 25, 2016
Luc Barriere-Constantin commented on Gaston's blog post Dream building for an organization
"Great drawings indeed and inspiring facilitation. Thank you Gaston."
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Gaston Schmitz
the Constellation for AIDS Competence
About Me:
I am 29 years old and from the Netherlands. I have 3 brothers of which 1 twin brother, two great parents and a great dog called ' Baloe' . My background is in International Management. I almost worked for a large multi-national in the field of Marketing, but switched to the development cooperation sector. I did a second Master in Development Studies, worked in Mozambique for Unilever, in the Philippines for a NGO and for a Dutch NGO in post-conflict areas such as Kosovo, Bosnia and Sierra Leone. Since January 2008 I am working for the Constellation as the facilitator for ' Transfer'. This means facilitating the transfer of our approach and mindset to other people, organizations, topics and of course my own community and family :)

Working for the Constellation is not really work. It is reflecting, appreciating and trying to be as happy as possible in my work. If I do my work mindful, the results of my work come naturally and my learning curve is steeper than ever before. So, let's enjoy every bit of our work and look for strenghts!
My dream:
My dream is to explore more cultures and communities around the world and keep on learning from them.

A more materialistic dream is to go snowboarding in Alaska with my friends :)
My concern:
I moved to Chiang Mai in Thailand since April 2008. I will not see my own community and family a lot during the next years. My concern is related to the sustainability of these relationships and that nothing bad will happen to them while I am here.
I'm proud of:
I have learnt to take much better care of myself the last years. I feel my body and mind and take up signals much better. I am able to enjoy small moments much more than before. And I am proud that I climbed my first 7A route last weekend :)
What I think of Community Life Competence:
So great that it's worth helping to spread it around the world for 40 hours a week
What do I want to do to spread Community Life Competence?
Launch a facilitation team, Join a facilitation team, I want to apply SALT in my own life (S: Stimulate; Support; A: Appreciate; L: Listen; Learn; Link; T: Transfer; Team), I want to share my experience on my blog in Ning, Other, Facilitate AIDS Competence in my community, Share about AIDS Competence with potential partners; friends; colleagues
The small secretariat of the Constellation also needs help. Do you want to help? I want to:
IT support, Writing skills, Develop blended learning, Financial management skills, Knowledge Management, Share AIDS Competence with potential partners

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Dream building for an organization

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 4:41am 4 Comments

Dear all, 

I facilitated a few months ago a great Dream building exercise for a 70 people organization in Singapore. The small group dreams came out extremely well. 

I was cautious of hierarchies, but actually had the team leaders facilitate the various groups and share their dreams in the end. That worked well. I briefed them separately before the event took place and shared relevant questions to ask during the exercise. 

Each group presented their dream on stage and…


Discovering a precious poverty pocket in Mauritius

Posted on March 1, 2014 at 5:59pm 5 Comments

Wednesday evening. The sun starts to set. Our SALT team is in Citetol, one of the ‘slums’ on the island of Mauritius close to the international airport. ‘Tol’ means the tin material from which most of the houses in this neighborhood are constructed.

The community is one of the ‘poverty pockets’ on the island (less than 7USD for the entire household per day). Poverty on Mauritius often goes hand in hand with drug abuse. Our team of coaches is ready to discover some strengths and… Continue

Deux histoires de changement a Bibanga

Posted on July 25, 2013 at 1:32am 1 Comment

Je partage un message de Celestin Mukala, facilitateur en RDC:
1 Aire de Santé de Cibila
                                     D'une manière générale cette Aire de Santé a connu des sérieux problèmes par rapport à la Vaccination.Une resistance menée par la Secte Religieuse cmmunement appelée BABA.Cette dernière  utilisait l'huile végétal pour le tratement de n'importe quelle maladie et s'opposait farouchement à la vaccination de leurs enfants dans leurs…

Videos of progress on child survival in DR-Congo

Posted on July 6, 2013 at 6:00pm 2 Comments

Des vidéos de max 2 min sur des progrès des communautés :

  • Accompagnement des femmes enceintes:

  • Inclure les réfracteurs dans l’équipe de facilitation:…

What a trip in deep rural Congo!

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 9:20pm 4 Comments

Monday evening, Mbuji-Mayi, the provincial capital of Kasai Oriental, a central province in the vast country of DR-Congo. Once the diamond capital of the world, Mbuji-Mayi is now home to one of the most rapidly growing SALT support and facilitation teams in the world.

I sit in a modest hotel room reflecting back on the last 5 days which were absolutely REMARKABLE. Together with a coach from RDCCompetence, Junior Kalonji, we came to support the ‘equipe de soutien’ in a health zone…


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At 9:32pm on February 24, 2014, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Thanks Gaston for you message for Gloria. Hope the Mauritius mission is going well. What has been the high moment for you so far?

At 8:32pm on August 29, 2013, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Gaston, you are featured on this platform for your active participation on this network as well as contribution to the Constellation. thank you!

At 4:40pm on February 1, 2013, Rituu B. Nanda said…

Thanks Gaston for sharing on Ning. You bring a great deal of positive energy.

At 8:25am on November 27, 2011, Maizy Tan said…
Hello Gaston, I heard so much about you from both Gloria and JL :)
Thanks for your kind compliments and your opinion of Gloria which I agree totally. Will love to meet and
learn from you the art of facilitation one fine day. I had an 
Inspiring and fruitful week with JL when he was in S'pore.
We are Beyond were very blesses by his presence and sharing.
At 2:01am on August 31, 2011, Basikila Wa Mputu Paul said…

Bonjour Gaston,

Désolé de vous répondre après tant des jours passés: d'abord je n'étais pas habitué au site life competency et ensuite, je suis confronté à une charge horaire me permettant de me concentrer sur cette opportunité nouvelle d'améliorer mes compétences en matière de communication pour le développement. J'espère que notre connexion va se développer d'avantage et que nous pourrons partager tant d'expérience au bénéfice des populations cibles de nos programmes/projets respectifs

At 10:35am on June 21, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…
Welcome to the Asia Pacific competence group, Gaston! You have vast experience of working in Asia Pacific. I look forward to your sharing.
At 9:18pm on April 21, 2011, Sylvia Jacobi said…

Beste gaston,

Natuurlijk , kunnen we nederlands praten hoor. we hebben afgelopen week een training gevolgs van Boris, April en Autry. Het was een geweldige training hoor. ik hoop dus veel meer te leren  en om dus Saltyyyyy te zijn

At 6:56pm on February 10, 2011, Rituu B. Nanda said…
A warm welcome to Peace competence group! Look forward to learning from you Gaston.
At 12:47am on January 4, 2011, Willemien Dorresteijn said…



Wat fijn dat jullie het goed hadden in duitsland! De laatste 2 jaar ben ik een paar keer bij retraites van opendharma geweest ( en die hebben me heel veel goed gedaan. Heel inspirerend ook - ze hebben ook geleide meditaties op hun website voor als je nieuwsgierig bent.

Grappig dat je het kaartje nog had, stond vast iets liefs op ;)!


Veel liefs en wellicht tot woensdag!


At 2:49pm on December 23, 2010, Vichet LOK said…
Hi Gaston: Thank you so much for your comment. Actually, we are doing the SALT and Self Assessment within CHED team. In the progression so far so good. We will back to Phnom Penh on this Friday.

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