Connecting local responses around the world
Recently, I had a discussion with Lawan about how we should introduce the idea of SALT. It is easy to see SALT as a set of steps. First we support,
then we appreciate, then we learn and then we transfer (or something like
What we decided was that the letters don't represent separate
activities. So you don't have to listen and then appreciate. You are
appreciating as you listen. And then as you transfer, you are automatically
learning because you are listening and so on.
When you "Listen" you are also showing your "Appreciation" by paying your "Attention" to the speaker which can give a very good "Support" to the speaker to feel more confidence that their story is interesting enough to be able to catch the attention of the listeners.
While "Listening", you probably also have some questions and by "Asking" questions to clarify your understanding and to be able to "Share" your ideas and your experiences to contribute to the discussion can also "Stimulate" the speaker to "Talk" and to "Share"
more...... "from the heart" when they feel "Trustable" and comfortable from a safety environment that you have just created with all the elements in "SALT" that you've just used during the discussion. Fromthis environment, both you and the speaker will be able to "Learn" from each other from your both "Sharing". Then from this"Learning", you both will be able to "Transfer" what you have "Learn" to your own communities/contexts or even be "Transformed" by "Learning" during the discussion with both sides of "Listening" and "Sharing". And hopefully, the "Learning" by "Listening" to someone's story together with "Sharing" yours ideas and experiences may leads to some "Actions" to response to the issue that you've discussed as well.
And I think this is a beautiful exploration of SALT showing how all of the pieces blend together into one way of looking at the world.
I have tried do something similar to explore how I saw SALT and this is what I found. I
start with Learn.
If I am going to learn from the experience of others, then I have to listen carefully. And when I listen carefully to an individual or a group, I show that I appreciate their achievements. And when I appreciate theirachievements, they feel supported and so continue with their actions and they are stimulated to do more. And as I listen and learn, it is natural for me to share what I have learned from my own experiences and from those of others. And as I learn-and-share, I transfer.
I would be very interested to see how others link together the different elements of SALT.
Perhaps there will be common themes or perhaps there will be great diversity.