Connecting local responses around the world
Bobby Zachariah, Coach, The Constellation for Community Life Competence
Nabesh Bohidar, Care India
Rituu B. Nanda, The Constellation
HIV is a significant issue impacting India, especially among its migrant populations. In this short article, we describe a strength-based facilitative intervention designed to reduce HIV vulnerabilities among those groups. This action, applying a participatory Community Life Competence approach, was developed and carried out by…Continue
Another field visit has passed like the wind. It left rich learning behind for all of us: for you and me. It’s been a pleasure really to hear local facilitators in Guyana, Cameroon, South Africa and the Philippines reflect on the legacy and sustainability of Participatory Video in their communities, alongside Jay Mistry from…Continue
Please join us in South Africa in July 2015 for the World Appreciative Inquiry Conference! Proposal submissions are due Jan 15, 2015 and the Early Bird Registration closes January 31..
Hope to see you there!
Les habitants du village de Grez-Doiceau (Belgique) développent leur rêve commun et utilisent leurs forces et compétences pour agir ensemble!
Pendant deux jours, 45 habitants de la commune de Grez-Doiceau, ont partagé leurs rêves pour mieux vivre ensemble, ont noué des liens entre voisins pour construire ensemble leur village de rêve. A l'initiative d'un groupe d'habitant, les habitants de ce village ont été invité à…Continue
This morning when I googled "local response" + "ebola", here's some of the headlines I found:
Nurse's visit spurs Ohio Ebola fears
Florida: County and hospitals prepare for Ebola
As KU Hospital tests patient with Ebola-like symptoms, Lawrence agencies coordinate response
Denton City Council to be briefed on virus…Continue
Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach to community development, as well as a way of thinking and seeing.Here's a great clip explaining ABCD through animation - it's great!
I'm going to use it often when people ask me, "What do you actually do for work?"…Continue
When you believe People can, They can!
Two weeks ago, I joined some enthusiastic community volunteers from Flacq on a visit to Etoile d’Esperance. This is an organization in Mauritius, working to help women with alcohol addiction and other related problems to take treatment and transition to a new life. It offers a residential programme for fifteen women apart from day care and after care.
The visit was special. The residents showed us around in small groups,…Continue
Grez-Doiceau in Belgium is dreaming and planning this weekend.
Belcompétence is demonstrating again the example of what is possible, enjoy this vidéo:
Good luck to the team of facilitators!!
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I recently added a blog post to the ABCD Asia Pacific site which you might be interested in!
It discusses the importance of starting small - one conversation at a time!
We can hear a lot from people by having Learning Conversations and discovering what they truly care about...
You can find the blog …Continue
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Samraksha is a development organization which has been working with communities for more than two decades now. Samraksha started its work in the field of HIV and reproductive sexual health, and has always been committed to working with the communities in order to prevent the spread of HIV and reduce its impact on the affected people. In order to do this, we have always used strengths based approach and worked with different communities – communities of identity like those of women in sex…Continue
This was the conversation we had on facebook and I'm sharing here. I shared an example of community responding to Ebola which sparked a conversation and we all concluded that engaging communities in response to Ebola is critical to saving lives.…
I want share this wonderful article made by Charles Elliott. It is probably one of the best stories about how to build community life competence ever written.
I want to share a small introduction to the art of asking questions inspired by Appreciation.
I think all appreciative questions always refer back to the purpose of what we are doing. So in the words used in the introduction, I believe you should always start with a generative question and ask for real human experiences.
If you want to start asking appreciative questions you should use these questions:
I am happy to share my recent Podcast with Robyn Stratton-Berkessel as part of her "Positive Strategist" series. We talked about innovative, strength-based business-education approaches and how we bring the appreciative mindset into our work. Listen to Podcast here and I look…Continue
Our Speed Dating Forum occurs annually. No romance involved! It creates opportunity for community professionals, community groups, individuals and businesses to meet and share what it is they do and what their concerns are.
This year the discussion will be on homelessness. Australia is perceived as a wealthy country and it is but as with many wealthy countries the wealth seems to congregate in certain corners and leave many families with few resources.
In the outskirts of a…Continue
One of our key messages is creating safe communities for children. We have a Safe T Net project which includes a website development with children where they can consider what being unsafe feels like, who do I talk to and who do I call?
In a country so focussed on material goods we have high levels of social isolation which is not safe for anyone, particularly…Continue