January 2017 stories (9)

Reflections on our shared dream, "What makes us human?"

Chapter 1: AIDS Competence should spread faster than the virus. 

In 1997-1998, Jean-Louis spent 18 months in Phayao, a province in northern Thailand. In a few short sentences, here is what he learned.

“It is necessary to provide services to prevent AIDS, to care for it, and to reduce its impact, but these services are not sufficient. The key resides in the actions of individuals, of families, and of communities in responding to the scourge. AIDS Competence means communities…


Added by Phil on January 30, 2017 at 9:56pm — 2 Comments

Making up your mind. Prioritizing and making it happen

This is very much in line with the SALT approach, hope you enjoy this...

Making up your mind. Prioritizing and making it happen


* As DrMartin Luther King Jr. said, "every man must decide whether he will walk in the…


Added by Jindra Cekan on January 17, 2017 at 8:46pm — No Comments

The difference difference makes

Learning from ‘What makes us human?’

From the Introduction to ‘What makes us human?’

“(Appreciation means) that we finally stop putting people into categories and enjoy the discovery of each other’s strengths: city and slum dwellers, saints and sinners, straights and all the others, the protected and the vulnerable, natives and…


Added by Phil on January 17, 2017 at 2:47pm — 2 Comments


As a way of introducing people to Jean-Louis’ book ‘What makes us human?’ people are being recorded talking about their experience of SALT in their lives. For good or ill, Anu Sieberk recorded my contribution this morning. In it, I talk about how the idea of ‘Appreciation’ has altered my life. You can see it at…


Added by Phil on January 11, 2017 at 10:00pm — No Comments

What makes us human?

Jean-Louis’ book is now out in English. The title of the book is ‘What makes us human?’ We have used this challenging question for a long time in the Constellation and it is, indeed, a fine title for the book. I don’t know if I should say this, but what I like even more is the sub-title for the book, ‘The story of a shared dream’.

The Constellation is truly the story of a shared dream. I suspect that for each of us there was a time when we saw that what the Constellation was…


Added by Phil on January 9, 2017 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Pour bien commencer l'année

je suis un être humain from Carlos Chapman on Vimeo.

Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on January 4, 2017 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Sharing PAR field experiences book

Dear all,

I am in the process of translating a book which I am really enjoying and I would like to share it with you. It is about Participative Action Research, about co-creation of knowledge and how to learn from the process.

I think that it has a lot to do with our core beliefs in The Constellation and I am sure it might be of help for many of you who explore how research can be done from the actions we undertake.…


Added by MariJo on January 3, 2017 at 7:56pm — 1 Comment

The Story of our Shared Dream is out!

Dear friends,

Deep inside us, we know it: it is within our powers as global citizens to make life flourish. No one else will do it. The question is how.

“What makes us human?” offers a way forward. The book tells the story of the shared dream of the Constellation, the organisation founded in 2004 to stimulate and connect local responses to AIDS.  Thousands of communities mobilize their strengths to realise their…


Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on January 2, 2017 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Notre histoire est publiée en anglais!

Chers amis

Le livre “Qu’est-ce qui nous rend humains” est aujourd’hui disponible en anglais. Puis-je vous demander de faire la promotion e “What makes us human?” auprès de vos amis et connaissances anglophones?  

Au fond de nous, nous le savons: en tant que citoyens du monde, il est de notre pouvoir de faire prospérer la vie. Personne d'autre ne le fera à notre place. La question est de savoir comment.

«Qu’est-ce qui nous rend…


Added by Jean-Louis Lamboray on January 2, 2017 at 11:18pm — No Comments

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