Dear Founding Members of the Constellation,
At the welcome driink of our extended Board Meeting Phil said: “If this is not connecting local response around the world, then what is?”. People (many of whom had never met) were cheering and laughing as if this was a family reunion!
As you might have followed in the aidscompetence forum, last week in Chiang Mai was a defining week in the short history of the Constellation.
The Constellation is alive, and has reached a level of organisation and achieved a global reach which I did not anticipate I would see in my life: I am experiencing some sort of after death experience!
So, to all of you, thank you. You had faith in our common vision and values. You invested, all of you in your own ways, in this common adventure. Again, thank you.
Of course, this is only the start, and here lies my concern: too many human undertakings have started with enthusiasm and then withered away. “The old man still lives iin us” says Antoine Saka Saka. “The story of Uganda teaches us a lesson: anyone can slide back”, says John Rwomushana.
What can we learn from our own experience of these last four years of the Constellation existence, and for some of us from our longer association since the eighties?
What inspired us? And what shall we do to allow inspiration to continue to flow? And what mistakes should we avoid?
If you have time, we all would appreciate learning from your insights.