Connecting local responses around the world
Positive Deviance (PD) resonates much with CLCP. Particularly, the power point on PD which is at:
Specifically, the slide that compares and contrasts the difference between the 'traditional] and 'positive deviance' approaches is so much like the difference between the 'Targeted Intervention' and 'CLCP' appoaches. They are on slides 17 and 18.
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Here is a summary of the first step of this discussion which concerns roots and resonance.
“A root is something arising out of personal conviction, experience, analysis of members and associated actual experiences. A root is something we all grow from, and we have these roots in common.” Ian Cambell
What are the Constellation roots?
(1) "learning from local experience" Ian Cambell and April Foster,
(2) “acknowledgment of diverse backgrounds – spiritual and secular, with no imposition” Ian Cambell,
“whatever faith context or experience we come from, there is a sense of freedom to express that, interpret what we experience in light of that and share what that means to us with each other” April Foster,
(3) "care to change in home and neighborhood" Ian Cambell.
We are also looking for resonance:
“Many background sources or schools or theories have resonance (but are not necessarily held in common by the Constellation ie they are not roots).” Ian Cambell
“In physics, when one system responds to another system in the absence of physical connection, we say that they resonate.
So I think that we are looking for ideas that resonate in the absence of a shared root. And then the opportunity surfaces to explore the inherent similarity that leads to resonance.” Phil
References of organisations and thinkers with resonance:
Stepping Stones (MariJo),
Positive Deviance (Dr. E. Mohamed Rafique),
Lao Tsu of China at around 700 BC and Paulo Freire (John Piermont Montilla)
If you would like to discuss the roots proposed or add a root or a resonance, please do!
Following are some of my thoughts and questions on the exciting subject of the roots of the Constellation.
In the summary of the story of Constellation at http://www.communitylifecompetence.org/fr/pages/7-our-story,
there are three main historical roots:
· Phayao and AIC (Appreciation, Influence, Control) - communities take charge;
· Salvation Army - SALT;
· Knowledge Management - the self-assessment.
Behind or before these roots we have to look for rootlets. They are extremely important because they ensure the absorption of minerals and water and produce the raw sap.
What are the rootlets of the three main historical roots of the Constellation?
Is maieutics also called Socratic midwifery a rootlet? Is Buddhism another one?
It would be great if our Buddhist friends could help us explore deeper the contribution of Buddhism to the approach. Our Salvation Army friends and Geoff Parcell could help us for the two other historical roots.
I think that action research is another rootlet leading to AIC used by Usa Duongsaa and Dusit Duangsa in Phayao. William E. Smith who designed AIC studied under Drs. Russell Ackoff and Eric Trist. Dr. Ackoff challenges one to examine the results of producing “a group of people who think in the way we have been thinking for years rather than departing and developing new concepts and new ways of understanding.” Eric Trist's work was influenced by Lewin's work. Kurt Lewin (1890 - 1947), Germano American psychologist, was interested in group dynamics and social change, and he highlighted the role of participation in action, in the motivation to change. He is the father of action research which the most recent methodologies emphasize four points:
1. The knowledge must be relevant to the action in the world;
2. As action is interaction, action research must be participatory, relational.
3. It is part of the world experience of each participant and
4. in present time. (Reason, P. & Torbert, W. The action turn: Toward a transformational social science. Concepts and Transformation, 2001, 6:1, 1-37. http://williamrtorbert.com/content/ActionTurn.pdf )
Can founders of the Constellation help us deepen the understanding of the historical rootlets? We know that the Constellation was founded to give a chance to communities to take the AIDS issue in their own hands. We know that the founders are from different horizons. What stimulated their decision of participating to the Constellation? How did it resonate with their own experience and philosophy?
As a plant grows, new roots appear to anchor it to the soil.
I understand the need to distinguish between the roots that were there when the Constellation started and those that resonates with the approach. I just want to point out the fact that some resonances might have been integrated in the Constellation approach. I have two examples in mind but I’m sure there are more: The Starfish and the Spider concept of Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, and Non Violent Communication (NVC) of Marsall Rosenberg. How do we know if a concept is a new root or a resonance?
I have just re-read the Resonance page of the site http://www.communitylifecompetence.org/en/28-resonance and I think it is outdated; we should add groups that you have had contact with since, as PAAR and those suggested in this forum.