Connecting local responses around the world
What do you say or do when someone asks you about the Constellation, SALT or CLCP? How do you get them to understand it?
In this forum, we are asking you to answer the following question:
What worked, in my experience, in explaining the Constellation/ SALT/ CLCP?
Our intention is to use your experiences to build materials that all Constellation Members and their friends can use. Our first goal is to make a simple deck of slides, to be available to everyone by the end of June, 2013.
Please share your experience in the comments section below. If you have useful examples that you have developed yourself (e.g. a 1-pager, a powerpoint or even a video of you "pitching" the approach!), please do share them with us too. You can upload them in a Blog, and then point us to them in the comments below.
When providing your answer, perhaps consider the following scenarios:
Looking forward to hearing from you!
I begin by indicating that the key word of the Constellation or CLCP is competence, but please dont ask me to explain competence because its an experience / process which entails five levels [level 1: AWARE, Level 2: REACT, Level 3: ACT, Level 4: SYSTEMISE / CONTINUOUSLY ACT; Level 5: ACT NATURALLY]. We take this competence approach to communities to make them competent but that the process of becoming competent is like a journey, it doesn't happen over nite. It allows the community to address it concerns (what ever they may be ) in an organized way by the community taking ownership and being responsible for the process and their concerns. The competence levels help them to analyse where they are now and where they would like to go, their vision. Their vision of being competent which is accomplished by the dream building exercise is not a perfect situation (or world) but a situation in which the community is capable to cope with their challenges in a positive way, their concerns are being addressed.
SALT is our way of working, it is that inherent capacity to working with communities to motivate them to action, helping them to share their strengths, what they are most proud of while at the same time expressing their concerns in a way realising that their strengths individually and cumulatively can be used to overcome their concerns.
These are my initial thoughts (^_^)
Great stuff Autry. Good to read you here again! Hope all is going well. I am helping out with some Transfer bits here and there. All the best to you, your friends and family. Hope to come over some day again. CHeers, Gaston
Great MariJo, I like and this is trully an inspiration. Olivia et al will surely benefit from this, thanks soo much (^_^)
As I read your response, I took notes! I read it and at each point, I proclaimed "yes!" in agreement. In my notes, I summarised your answer like this:
1. Short response - direct to their question
2. Personal experience
3. SALT - the essence is being human, relating as humans and believing in others' capacities
4. CLCP - a balance of practical steps and the attitude of facilitators
5. Constellation - a team. Relating as humans. Inspired. Each with personal experience of SALT in their lives.
Then I saw this comment:
There are times when you just start explaining what SALT is about and after you pronounced three words you can see that the person has already understood. They already had a longing for it. They had already dreamt of it and are ready for it. Maybe that is why I became a bit lazy about explaining... Experiencing is a shortcut that saves a lot of words.
What I have learned from your answer is the power of personal experience. Starting with a SALT visit is a great way to introduce a group to SALT. It can't really be explained, it can only be experienced. It is like trying to describe a taste or a smell or a feeling.
Thanks for this wonderful insight. You have done some presentations at earlier conferences. Would you mind sharing your slides or some activities you did with the participants?
. Like Autry I also focus on the word "Competence" and help the to understand that it is a process of getting where we want to be, and the ability to meet the challenges that may arise with a positive attitude. And we can measure "our competence" by using the 5 levels which are so simple to remember rather than some complicated matrix.
When it comes to SALT for me I ensure that i give them the the words attached to the letters
I help persons to understand that this is our way of working which brings out the aspect of Local responses. At this point I would share an example of a local response.
I like to focus on the local response aspect. I believe that have become so disconnected with their ability to affect change that they become dependent on outside help
Thanks so much for your response. I agree that dependency is a huge issue, and definitely one that many organisations grapple with. This is one of our unique offerings, that we can stimulate local responses that reduce dependency on outside help.
Aside from the importance of local responses, what also comes through in your answer is the importance of simplicity. With so many hugely complex matrixes out there, it is great to see that the steps and tools of CLCP can be understood and applied by anyone.
Have you been asked to give formal presentations or send a summary document before? What did you use?
I have not been asked to send a summary document before . I have used powerpoint presentation which takes from the blended learning manual as talking points and used personal experiences of local responses to get the message across.
Autry, this is a wonderful summary! I particularly resonate with these words:
"Their vision of being competent which is accomplished by the dream building exercise is not a perfect situation (or world) but a situation in which the community is capable to cope with their challenges in a positive way, their concerns are being addressed."
In the past, many partners have struggled with this idea of buiding a dream, because they worry that it raises the expectations of the communmity (beyond that which can be achieved). So the way you have described dream-building is useful indeed.
When you give this explanation, where are you? Who is there? Is it a private conversation between you and others? Or have you been asked to give presentations?
Your description of SALT is concise and simple, but powerful.
Thank you for sharing this!
Olivia, this happens anywhere, anytime, I get an opportunity to 'sell' CLCP/Constellation (^_^). Once an opportunity presents itself, am ready. My audience could be one or more persons. Yesterday I was driving to work and offered a young neighbor a 'lift' to his work and we began a gaffe on human trafficking in Guyana and we ended the conversation on the levels of competence, their meaning and application.
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