Birgitta Schomaker's Blog (14)

stimulating ownership-in-action

For me the S for Stimulating in SALT reminds me of Appreciative Inquiry (AI): what (behavior, routine, way of working) is already going well (even if it happens irregularily or not so often), and how can we stimulate its occurrence to spread or increase?

A few days ago Ayan (former refugee from Somalia) and I were visiting a community of single men that live together temporarily in a housing facility that the local government provided for them, while waiting for their new, individual…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on January 17, 2018 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

What is so special about story telling?

Yesterday we did an exercise on story telling in a meeting with an informal network of former refugees that are building a future in the Netherlands. In fact, it is a loose network in the process of becoming a community, so we thought it would be a good idea to find a way where the members of this group get a chance to get to know each other better in a safe way, and also to get to know each other's strengths. 

Recognising your own strengths, helps you climb mountains and overcome…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on November 5, 2017 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

"I'll meet you there"

As we are preparing our SALT visit, and exchanging inspiration on the Forum of the online SALT facilitator course, this poem came to mind:

"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,

there is a field. I'll meet you there.

When the soul lies down in that grass,

the world is too full to talk about.

Ideas, language, even the phrase "each other" doesn't make any sense."…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on October 26, 2017 at 8:58pm — 4 Comments

Syrian families are forming a support network

Building a future together in a new country (click to access presentation)

Click on the link to view slides from one of the initiatives with refugees that started this summer in the Netherlands. …

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on October 10, 2017 at 11:30pm — 3 Comments

Team facilitation in an unfolding group process

Dear all, 

Do you remember a situation when the group is going in another direction than what you and your colleague - facilitator anticipated? We can make an outline for the meeting, but the group might need to expand upon a certain issue, or suddenly a new topic comes up that seems very important. 

There is always one of the facilitators who is ready to 'go with the flow' of the group, which is nice, but can also create discussion afterwards about the choice that was…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on June 3, 2017 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

"that what is transformative is ultimately beyond the individuals and group, beyond a method, and beyond words."

Dear all, 

The quote in the title of this blog reminds of Jean-Louis' book "What makes us human?"  The quote however is from this article by Lane Arye, a facilitator in an approach called Process Work & Deep Democracy who worked six years in the Balkan (former Yugoslavia) with a colleague on post-war reconciliation and conflict prevention. 

In the article Lane…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on June 3, 2017 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

"The courage to listen", Rev. Jeffrew Brown and violence reduction

Dear all,

I'd like share about the work of Rev. Jeffrew Brown who led a reduction of youth violence in Boston (USA) by 79%.

Here you can watch his impressive, moving and inspiring 30 minutes talk on how Rev. Brown got involved. I'm sharing this video here because Brown's effective approach to community development is very similar to what I understand SALT is about:…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on October 19, 2016 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Intentions and assumptions - field visit in Jaipur (India), Theory U style

Adam Yukelson, co-creator of the edX course u.lab on Theory U (Transforming Business, Society and Self) wrote an inspiring story on the application of Theory U in a business setting.

If you are interested in learning more about application of Theory U, you might like this article on his visit to a rug manufacturing company in Jaipur, India (Jaipur Rugs):…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on September 11, 2016 at 4:00pm — 10 Comments

Appreciation, positivity and conflict

In our Blended Learning program (with Anita, Autry, Célicia and Suse) we talk about SALT and its impact. In that respect Anita, Suse and I touched upon a potential risk of denying (hidden) conflict when the appreciative style would turn into 'only talking about the positive', or what is sometimes called 'sugar coating'. 
As for myself, I find it hard to deal sometimes with animosity or tension in groups. What to do when an appreciative approach doesn't lead to…
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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on August 27, 2016 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Deepening our learning with the Blended Learning program



Anita (from Brussels), Suse and I (from Amsterdam) started the Blended Learning programme approx. two months ago. We're really enjoying learning about SALT and moving through the motions of the CLCP. I've done the CLC Process twice before in a group, in a 3-day facilitators course, and I'm…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on August 20, 2016 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

‘What is poverty?’ ‘We are rich', he said, 'rich because of our spirituality.'

Amber was introduced to the ideas of Local Response and the SALT visit by the Constellation in November 2008. At the time, she had worked in the not-for-profit sector for 8 years and she thought that she had lots of experience of visits to…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on July 3, 2016 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

A deeper level of humanity - my introduction to SALT & CLCP (updated article)

It was my inspiration from the class with Joke D'haese, Gemma van Voorst, Leo D'haese, Suse Meffert, Miranda van Schadewijk among more, that I was urged to write the article. I wrote the second version right after the attacks in Brussels in March.



More than ever, the world needs effective methods to stimulate dialogue and to foster harmonious communities. 

Scharmer & Kaufer wrote (2013): "Everywhere you look, you see remarkable individuals and…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on June 20, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

A deeper level of humanity - my introduction to SALT & CLCP (English version)

A deeper level of humanity - getting to know SALT and CLCP

 “Everywhere you look, you see remarkable individuals and communities that have managed to break through the walls of trauma and tyranny in order to connect to their deep sources of humanity. What are the conditions that make these breakthroughs possible and allow “miracles” to happen time and again?” (Scharmer & Kaufer in…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on December 16, 2015 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

A deeper level of humanity - my introduction to SALT & CLCP (Dutch version)

A deeper level of humanity

“Everywhere you look, you see remarkable individuals and communities that have managed to break through the walls of trauma and tyranny in order to connect to their deep sources of humanity. What are the conditions that make these breakthroughs possible and allow “miracles” to happen time and again?”

(Scharmer & Kaufer in “Leading from the emerging future”)

Gedreven om al doende meer te…

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Added by Birgitta Schomaker on December 15, 2015 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

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