Autry Haynes's Blog (53)

Good Governance enhanced by quality education of ALL!

"We wanted to do this for ourselves as councilors, during heritage month, and especially so, because we are a new executive with responsibility to govern our village." Toshao Carl Peneux, the village leader of Orealla / Siparuta an indigenous community on the border with Suriname.…


Added by Autry Haynes on September 23, 2018 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

Less it goes unnoticed … is important!

We walked in single file because of the narrow path leading to the end of the short ‘panhandle’. Brush was overlapping the path so much that we had to push them aside with our hands. It was a lovely morning in Eijsden.  It is a custom [level 5]  that we engage with walking in the morning during the period of our FtF engagement. Laurie, who was walking in front of me, picked up a piece of paper. I began to wonder…


Added by Autry Haynes on July 22, 2018 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

Our dream career can impact society

Guyana celebrates its 52nd Independence celebrations. Youth week engagement included schools who celebrated in several different ways. Bernice Edwards a teacher of grade 8 students in response to students interest in future careers and the fact that from Grade 9 class they begin to stream into career choices wanted to engage students in an interactive way so that conversation on career choice is stimulating to them.…


Added by Autry Haynes on June 3, 2018 at 4:27pm — No Comments

Lessons of Local Response: The TaWangtan Municipality of Chiang Mai

“Autry as I listen to your experience, I am reminded of the story of the candle and the dark room. One candle when lit, offers a glimpse of what is in the room while in darkness. However, if more than one candle at a time, is lit, the total strength of the once dark room is eventually revealed.” Tricia, a colleague with whom I shared the rewarding experience in the ‘City of Stars’ [Chiang Dao] and ‘City of City’ [Chiang mai], especially about the local…


Added by Autry Haynes on February 25, 2018 at 4:33am — 4 Comments

SMART contributes to the ‘T’ of SALT: Transfer / Transformation

Transfer begin with ‘mindset change’ with ‘S’ of SALT during the stimulation process. People begin to think differently; A different Way of Thinking [WoT]. Evidence of this is obvious when members of communities engage in conversations of Are we human? What makes us Human?; Identifying strengths and sharing common concerns and hopes, leading to a common dream. Members of these communities are motivated by these engagements.



Added by Autry Haynes on October 29, 2017 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Mindset Change! 

Mindset Change! “...if we have not made a mistake, means, we might not be doing anything. If we make the same mistake twice, then we may not be learning from our mistakes.” Hon. Sydney Aleacock. This encouragement of introspection came to members of the 17th National Toshaos Council conference. This encouragement follows the thought “if want different results [from our action], then we cannot be doing the same things we did in the past that yielded unfavourable results.”…


Added by Autry Haynes on August 28, 2017 at 4:58pm — 2 Comments

Learning Festival’s contribution to Community to Community transfer

In marketing we learn that when a customer is satisfied, that excitement is shared with on average 6/7 persons. That happens naturally! When a community share common experiences and learn from those experiences they too would share their learning. The sharing could happen naturally or influenced. A Learning Festival is a tool allowed for conscious sharing and learning (^_^). During the Learning Festival held in Mauritius in April 2016, 30 foreigners from 13…


Added by Autry Haynes on October 30, 2016 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

"Get an education" ...traditon v technology and emotions

"Autry, can you come early, like one hour before so that we can prepare? would like to put somethings on powerpoint.." Piriscilla. "Okay.." said Autry. I always keep an open mind. In fact a colleague and me had a conversation on almost similar subject only recently. How does our way of working with only paper, markers etc fit in today's hi-tech world? How do we balance our traditional way of doing things with the fast-paced world, especially with a younger generation that is 'addicted' to…


Added by Autry Haynes on October 7, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments

Home visit has significant contribution to S,,to A,,to L to T of SALT

I remember the words vividly "..happy couples make happy families, happy families make happy communities, happy communities make a happy nation and happy nations make a happy world.." of the song. But there is another saying "..a house is not a home.." When Le Pont du Tamarinier had the opportunity to support vulnerable / marginalized communities with houses, this was what it hoped for, making houses, homes. It dream created with support of SALT is "Equal opportunity for all peoples,…


Added by Autry Haynes on July 17, 2016 at 8:49am — 6 Comments

Listening..the L of SALT

When I saw this title, I immediately reflected on the thought, shared by a colleague;


The problem with listening is that we listen to respond rather listen to understand


This saying brought some deep reflection of how true this seem in daily life. It seem as the ‘root cause’ of so many differences in human interaction. What if we are stimulated differently? Recently, at the concluding…


Added by Autry Haynes on June 27, 2016 at 7:09pm — 1 Comment

The relevance of why we are human.....

Community conversation is key for communities to take take ownership and being responsible. This is local response. When we seek to stimulate local response with community conversation, one of the stimulating question is are we human and why? Members of every community are intrigue by the question and their own response. They agree to continue 'community conversations' on that human level. Mauritius Council for Social Services (MACOSS) shared in this experience when it held an empowerment…


Added by Autry Haynes on May 21, 2016 at 11:31am — 1 Comment

Unless they come forward we will not know…..(“-”)

Shaneika (not her real name) from a community that is engaging SALT. She would meet Sandrine occasionally different places. This time there was the opportunity to have a conversation. ‘You know, I appreciate this SALT that YOU do.’ Why?” Sandrine asked “It really made a difference in my life. My Mother-in-law were not on speaking terms…….now we are close friends…..SALT conversation offered us opportunity to talk to each other, while in small groups and that changed…


Added by Autry Haynes on March 19, 2016 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

‘Ready Pull’ evokes deep

The primary purpose [so there is another purpose!] for the ‘Ready Pull’ is to stimulate cooperation, unity, team effort and this is achieved. Doing this is simple, as follows:

‘Ready Pull’ exercise:  The idea of this exercise was to stimulate a mindset that would relax the participants and make them comfortable to accomplish the intended purpose. An exercise where participants are placed into…


Added by Autry Haynes on March 3, 2016 at 10:41am — No Comments

Community to Community active in Mauritius....... Peer Educators, responding positively

With the support of the PILS (Prévention Information Lutte contre le Sida) NGO and the Global Fund, the AILES NGO is currently benefiting from the help of Peer Educators to contribute to their dream: “An AILES comprised of different regional neighbourhood houses where respect and dignity are provided in a safe healthy environment; supporting and accompanying people living with HIV and people who use drugs to achieve their full potential.”

Based on its experience…


Added by Autry Haynes on November 25, 2015 at 3:02pm — 4 Comments

Global Learning Festival 2016 in Mauritius


Added by Autry Haynes on November 16, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

"..and the domino game get hot....."

As part of its scaling out SALT to as much communities outside of Le Pont du Tamarinier engaged members of Cheshire Home. A group of differently-abled persons took to be very engaging and agreed to meet every Monday for SALT. Their dream was to live comfortably in their Cheshire Home where they can pursue individual dreams. One wa to achieve their dream was to have specific time for games and as a starter decided on a domino competition. The idea of the competition started with Michel who…


Added by Autry Haynes on October 29, 2015 at 12:54am — 1 Comment

Fostering TEAM spirit with Bring and Share...

Le Pont du Tamarinier is taking the lead with respect to a SALTy Mauritius...It all began in April when there was interest and the opportunity to taste SALT. WOW, some six months on, several SALT events are making a difference within different communities. You know the term 'taste and buy' well Le Pont has bought and is now sharing that SALTy experience. SALT was applied to do self-assessment of LPDT as an organization, but also conducted a Learning Event for staff, volunteers and community…


Added by Autry Haynes on October 21, 2015 at 8:01pm — 3 Comments

Stepping Stones to their dream (^_^)

The group of differently-able persons continued pursuit to their common dream "Living comfortably in our (Cheshire) Home where we can accomplish our dreams".

In a very jovial and vibrant way they "brainstormed' their individual ideas to arrive at seven…


Added by Autry Haynes on September 28, 2015 at 2:20pm — 1 Comment

Inculcating the spirit of After Experience Reflection

On Thursday, a group of parents of Tamarinier met to plan for their bingo. This bingo is a SMART Action aimed stimulating improved communication among neighbours. After some intense planning amid jokes and hearty laughter one of my co-Facilitators turned to me, Autry, Marlyn would like to know if we do After Experience Reflection immediately following the event the same night? I looked up and they all laughed n laughed.

Added by Autry Haynes on September 25, 2015 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

Differently abled at the Leonard Cheshire Home

There are two homes in Mauritius, one for the elderly and one for the differently abled. The warm group of people are excited to be engaged in a SALTy way. They are a lively 'bunch' of people to working with (^_^). We meet on Mondays to do SALT and they look forward to Mondays they say. Today we did…


Added by Autry Haynes on September 7, 2015 at 1:26pm — 1 Comment

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