Marlou's Blog (34)

What will you do to make our dream come true?

A community conversation in Majpara, Assam, India. With 38 degrees and 98 percent humidity in the air we have come together in the nursery of this village. The heat is almost unbearable and all our faces, hair  and clothes are wet. We look at each other and laugh. "If you can hold on, so can I", we seem to think. The conversations give the energy.

New facilitators are finding their way in asking encouraging authentic questions and…

Added by Marlou on June 12, 2017 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

ARE YOU IN ? Working towards Constellations dream

“Is it possible to imagine [...] a world where individuals and communities recognise and respect their common humanity, and live out their full potential to contribute to society as a whole?”

Many among us as participants in this Constellations virtual platform will surely feel we are contributing to creating that world. We do so in our own way, with our own means, in our own context.…


Added by Marlou on March 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Global Support Team in 2017: It will be all about Members, Beacons, SALT online and Connections


Like every SALT team, the Constellation’s Global Support Team (GST) made its action plan for the year, focusing on three priority practices that should help us get closer to our joint dream. GST members will be contributing their best towards those actions, and we are inviting all who are interested, to join in. Here is where our focus will be:

We cultivate memberships of people owning the Constellation dream

Added by Marlou on February 14, 2017 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

French youngsters mobilise their strengths to support SALT team Sankuru

What is the link between this young Motown band in Divonne (MMD) and the SALT team in Sankuru? 

They are both mobilising strengths to support communities in RD-Congo to fight monkeypox! The youngsters are preparing a charity concert end January to contribute to the efforts of the…


Added by Marlou on December 14, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Sankuru: Movilizando nuestros propios recursos en primer lugar

“Movilizamos nuestros recursos en primer lugar” es un principio importante en el proceso de competencia ante la vida. Este principio ayuda a garantizar que una comunidad emplee todo su potencial trabajando en la consecución de un sueño. Los miembros de la comunidad movilizan todos sus recursos humanos y financieros para conseguir alcanzar su propio éxito.

Por ello estamos encantados de recibir las últimas noticias sobre Sankuru, Républica Democrática del Congo.

El Equipo de…


Added by Marlou on December 5, 2016 at 5:12pm — No Comments

In Sankuru: Mobilising our own resources first

“We mobilise our own resources first” is an important principle in the community life competence process. This principle helps to ensure that a community uses its full strengths in working towards a dream, a shared vision. Members of the community mobilise all human and financial resources in their reach to achieve their own success.

I am therefore delighted about latest developments in Sankuru, RD-Congo.



Added by Marlou on November 21, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Crowdfund a local response: in Sankuru, together against monkeypox

What is a local response and how can I help?

Local teams respond to their current challenges and work towards longer-term dreams by encouraging local ownership of issues and solutions. This is what we mean by a local response.

Some teams have more pressing needs than others at any given time, and would benefit greatly from your support now.

In Sankuru, together against monkeypox

In Sankuru,…


Added by Marlou on October 20, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

SALT in the Family: Why would I need to be the SALT expert?

I have been enjoying many conversations lately with friends in the Constellation around how we as CLCP facilitators apply ‘naturally’ SALT as a way of working in our own lives as well. Sometimes we say jokingly ‘don’t try this at home’ when it comes to Support, Appreciate, Learn and Transfer in the private circle.

Is SALT in our own family sometimes difficult because we fall into an old trap: we think it is up to us to be the expert?

A small remark from my…


Added by Marlou on September 12, 2016 at 12:16pm — 3 Comments

Sefhoke on The Move

(posted on behalf of CATCH team - Botswana)

Communities tracking and measuring community-driven actions at Ward Level in the South East pilot district of the approach called Communities Acting Together to Control HIV (CATCH).

The CATCH approach that has been piloted since June 2015 in the South East district in Botswana with the support of NACA, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Local Government, UNAIDS, US partners and the Humana…


Added by Marlou on September 10, 2016 at 3:31pm — 2 Comments

A Dream Machine that produces joy

For the principle for Action:

“Si on crée l’espace pour l’expresssion, les capacites des personnes vont éclore”


The dream machine that produces happiness

“Are the children in the Village de Tamarinier poor?” asks my ten year old daughter Chiara when I call her after a day of visiting this Mauritian village. I hesitate. Yes, at the first sight…


Added by Marlou on April 11, 2016 at 8:44pm — 3 Comments

Nous sommes Amitoyens!

I am sure you will enjoy this song 

The song tells the story and dream of the Amitoyens, in the Pays de Gex, France.

If you don't understand the French you can stil enjoy the music and voice of Lorenzo…


Added by Marlou on March 9, 2016 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Les Amitoyens celebrate progress: "Since we defined our dream it became a living reality"

“We are most proud of our perseverance”, the joy is on the faces of all Amitoyens and contagiously clears up all in the room.  A group of participants in a SALT weekend in the east of France is absorbing their story with eagerness. Ears wide open.

They’d better be proud!

The dream that started in them as individuals and in their families years ago is a big step further to reality today – thanks to their perseverance!

'Amitoyens’ dream is to live in co-housing with a…


Added by Marlou on April 3, 2015 at 6:27pm — 2 Comments

Salty seeds in fertile ground in Ambon - Results and coaching team lessons from first learning event

The result of a six day CLCP learning event in Ambon Indonesia is overwhelming. We count thirty confident facilitators, two potential coaches who can support the new facilitators, and a local partner organisation that is turning into a SALTy organisation. Three action plans are ready for implementation and three communities in a village developed their dreams and exchanged among the teams about possibilities and non possibilities for further…


Added by Marlou on March 5, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Villagers of Hatu in action towards their dream


Added by Marlou on February 27, 2015 at 7:04pm — 6 Comments

The people from Lima join forces


Added by Marlou on February 23, 2015 at 5:39pm — 4 Comments

Avec des ressources HUMAINES, nous sommes beaucoup plus riches

Avec mes remerciements à Marie pour la traduction et à Rituu d’avoir invité les membres de la Constellation à partager leurs expériences sur la collecte de fonds! Cela m'a rappelé une «ancienne» histoire que j’ai racontée au Festival international d’échange en Inde. Je la partage ci-dessous car je pense qu'elle est toujours d'actualité dans la Constellation aujourd'hui!

La Constellation est composée de communautés du monde entier. L'équipe de soutien de la Constellation stimule…


Added by Marlou on December 16, 2014 at 2:21pm — No Comments

SALT for Ebola Competence in Sierra Leone

On behalf of Joseph Vandi I am sharing this story he sent me by email. Grateful to Joseph and other SALT facilitators in Ebola affected countries!


Sesay Vandi a decendant of Gbarley village who was living in Waterloo, a settlement 20 miles off Freetown, lost his wife and two of his four children to Ebola. Few weeks later, he

also died to…


Added by Marlou on November 28, 2014 at 5:48pm — 3 Comments

With HUMAN resources, we are much richer

With thanks to Rituu for the invitation to all Constellation members to share experiences on fundraising! The request reminded me of an 'old' story that I shared during the International…

Added by Marlou on November 17, 2014 at 2:10pm — 5 Comments

Inhabitants of Grez-Doiceau put their dreams at work

Grez-Doiceau in Belgium is dreaming and planning this weekend.

Belcompétence is demonstrating again the example of what is possible, enjoy this vidéo:

Good luck to the team of facilitators!!


Added by Marlou on October 10, 2014 at 12:04pm — 2 Comments

Discovering Dutch Competence: terug op onze fiets!

De Indische buurt in Amsterdam kreeg ruim vijf jaar geleden de twijfelachtig eer toebedeeld tot de 20 slechtste wijken van Nederland te horen. Criminaliteit, armoede, ellende joegen autochtone Nederlanders de buurt uit. De toenmalige minister van Wonen, Wijken en Integratie, Ella Vogelaar, had het inzicht om dit soort wijken, de uitdaging te stellen om Prachtwijken te worden.

Met die missie, en een zakje geld, werd Rob van Veelen de Indische buurt ingestuurd als wijkregisseur.



Added by Marlou on April 19, 2013 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

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