Connecting local responses around the world
Salt-visit at Worldhouse in Amsterdam, November 6th 2017
During the visit I liked a lot the conversation I had with a women who was colouring a mandala. I started talking to her in English (because we were talking English with the men). It turned out that she was speaking excellent Dutch. I didn't know if that is her mother tongue. What I realized: I automatically spoke English to her because that was the mode I was in.
Learning point in a situation like the Worldhouse: don't…Continue
If I’m comfortable with the idea that we need to create and hold a space of trust? O yeah, of course!
My experience of being part of a group where no space of trust did exist: I felt alone; I was able to achieve acceptable results but I didn’t florish; everybody was working on his/her own; there was no synergy; sometimes I felt we were enemies.
When there is trust within a group, the result is far more than the sum of its parts; being and working together is fun, gives…Continue
Module 1, Exercise 1: Reflection on Amber’s story
For me Amber’s story is a reflection of me feeling uncomfortable, not at ease and shy when I read about history at school: I never understood why people (or countries) would do (e.g.) missionary work. Already as a kid it made me angry. I didn’t use the words I can use now: for me it felt so disrespectful to impose something on others. And of course, I don’t know anything about how the missionaries acted and how they were received. I…Continue
What do we have in common?
Before we (Nemo-group: Noemí, Amir, Birgitta and Margot) made our first SALT-visit we talked about what we would have in common with the people we were going to meet.
For me that is a very important ‘exercise’, because it takes me out of my head and brings me into my heart and feelings.
I like to share my experience about using the exercise ‘What do I have in common with’ in my everyday…Continue
'Why do we sit in a circle' was one of the first questions I was pondering and writing about after starting the SALT-course. In fact, there were more questions: 'How does hierarchy impact meetings?', 'How do rank differences show up in meetings?', 'What does a non-hierarchical setting means?', 'How do you create a non-hierarchical setting?', 'What will sitting in a circle do?'. These are my answers, based on my experiences in private and business situations.
When hierarchy is…Continue