November 2012 stories (43)

Do not tell me what to do, tell me what you do.

I came across this quote today. It sums up quite nicely my philosophy on posting blogs:

"Do not tell me what to do, tell me what you do. Do not tell me what is good for me, tell me what is good for you.  If, at the same time, you reveal the you in me, if you become a mirror to my inner self, then you have made a reader and a friend."            - …


Added by Geoff Parcell on November 30, 2012 at 5:53pm — 2 Comments

Pinoy Competence’s thousand flowers are blooming!

“ Gaya ng walis tingting….kung nag-iisa lang…walang tibay at hindi makakapaglinis….pero kung pinagsama-sama…mas matibay… mas may gamit!”      (Just like a broom stick….alone…there is no use , it’s weak….but put several together and bind it…it becomes stronger at it becomes useful!), that’s how a peasant leader’s wife described themselves and what they are doing in their search for justice and food security.  

The SALT visit that I joined together with the other…


Added by Gerlita Condino-Enrera on November 30, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Conscient d'avoir un coeur, mais était-il en bonne santé?

Heureux d'être appuiyé par la Fondation Roi Beaudoin pour participer au GLF à Chennai, j'ai par la suite eu des problèmes de santé en famille. A cause de cela, je me suis retrouvé entrain d'échafauder des raisons qui justifieraient mon absence à ce rendez-vous: entre autres que j'avais déjà facilité le PCCV et que donc j'avais eu des occasions de réflechir à ce que je réalise en tant qu'être humain, de poser des questions stratégiques pour stimuler les communautés et enfin, je n'ai plus de…


Added by Eric UWINTWAZA on November 29, 2012 at 11:27pm — 3 Comments

Food Justice in Asia - using CLCP to let churches plan for action

As a Constellation coach, I have facilitated quite a number of Knowledge Fairs.  I have recorded dozens of stories on video to develop Knowledge Assets and spread the valuable experience of communities around the world. But today was special. Today I actually couldn’t keep my eyes dry during the video recording. The story was too touching. It went straight to my heart. Normally I urge people to stick within 3 minutes, but even though this story went on for 7 minutes, I remained silent. I…


Added by Gaston on November 29, 2012 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

The Constellations Global Support Team invites!

And now all those stories and inspiration are flying back with us. To our homes, where we live, to our workplaces…

On the last morning of the Global Learning Festival, we all considered the…


Added by Marlou on November 29, 2012 at 5:56pm — 2 Comments

Ah! la culture...

Nous revenons d'un atelier de formation de près de 50 leaders religieux, en plein centre de la République de Guinée, à Kissidougou; l'expérience est particulièrement instructive...

C'est l'histoire d'un Pasteur

Dont la nièce est mariée, il y a quelques années, en Côte d'Ivoire. Devenue veuve, elle décide rentrer au pays, en Guinée.

Alors se décide-t-elle à s'engager dans une relation avec un "togolais", pour reprendre les expressions du Pasteur. Quel drame! Elle y…


Added by Millimouno Tamba Zacharie on November 29, 2012 at 2:15pm — 1 Comment

Tell Me A Story - Day 4 at the Global Learning Festival, Mahabalipuram, India

Day four at the Global Learning Festival bore testimony to the transformative and catalytic power of stories. Sanghamitra, who facilitated the opening session, asked us all to reflect on the day before and share one extraordinary insight that we might have found. Prabakar expressed his generous appreciation for the stall that Eric Ngabala and team (from Kinshasa) ran the previous day. He commented on how well-thought out the presentation was, and how Eric was able to switch seamlessly…


Added by Aniruddhan Vasudevan on November 28, 2012 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Sharing the experience of Ashiana Foundation

Voluntary work Activities of Ashiana Foundation

  1. Mobile Exhibition
  2. Vocational Training for MSM community
  3. Health Camps and aids Awareness Programmers
  4. Family Counseling Programmers
  5. DIC

Ashiana Foundation All this work is done with the cooperation of all. Every month we have a meeting with all the AF members on the activities of the month in which we are discussing And based on that we give all DONATIONS for…


Added by Jatin on November 28, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Two Community Renewable Energy Stories From Rural Turkey

Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
The Community Power Report
June 18, 2012

Community-based renewable energy generation provides solutions and benefits for communities worldwide of all economic, social and geographic backgrounds. The success of such projects in addressing local needs stems from their very nature: Local people, local needs, local…

Added by Mümtaz Derya Tarhan on November 28, 2012 at 12:49am — 3 Comments

A peek from Canada into the festival last week

Axiom News interviewed Jean Louis Lamboray briefly last week during the festival on what he sees both this gathering and the Community Life Competence process being a story about. Thanks to Jean Louis for taking a few moments for the conversation, and to Rituu for arranging this.



Added by Michelle Strutzenberger on November 28, 2012 at 12:28am — 2 Comments

Evidence of Community Strength from across the World

As I reflect on the last week at the Global Learning Festival at Chennai, images, thoughts and feelings crowd in.

The overwhelming feeling left with me is that it was extraordinary how people felt so full of hope, joy and solidarity. People from across continents, speaking totally different languages could bond together, and feel such a sense of harmony and connectedness. I too felt so connected with myself and with others

What was the magic? What happened in those 5 days that…


Added by Sanghamitra Iyengar on November 27, 2012 at 8:47pm — 4 Comments

Who is at the centre of development? The Swaziland experience

On paper, our pursuit of economic growth, self-reliance, and social justice in Swaziland is very much in line with the Busan principles. In practice, there is another story.

In 1988, the Swazi government embarked on a comprehensive planning system designed to meet emerging and serious challenges such as poverty and economic instability. Now complete, the Swaziland National Development Strategy (NDS) articulates the country’s…


Added by Clement N Dlamini on November 26, 2012 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Curiosity killed the cat

There is something interesting related with our capacity to express curiosity. In my culture, curiosity has been considered a tendency that needed to be controlled, specially among women. Still today it is considered as an intrusion into other people's lives, and a behaviour to be avoided for a good social interaction.

I haven't thought very much about it until I went to visit this small community affected by the tsunami in the region of Tamil Nadu, India. And curiosity is what…


Added by MariJo on November 26, 2012 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Susanne Mueller: A visit to an inspiring village

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As part of the Global Learning Festival in Chennai, India we were invited to a field trip to visit a community that has been exposed to the SALT process.  I was intrigued by the openness of a small village far far away from civilization.  When working with the business sector I rarely get exposed to a community so up close and personal.  The…


Added by Susanne Mueller on November 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Cultural Evening at the Global Learning Festival 2012

I ended my previous, and first, blog entry with a mention of the cultural event that was about to begin when I made my post. All I can tell you now is that it was one heck of an evening! It started around 7.30 pm and went on till midnight, with just half an hour’s break in the middle for dinner. I mean it very sincerely when I say that the talents we were witness to yesterday were so amazing that they could give the people on TV talent shows a run for their money!

Mahesh Iyer and team…


Added by Aniruddhan Vasudevan on November 23, 2012 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Press coverage on our GLF

Need not say more:…

Added by Marlou on November 23, 2012 at 5:03pm — No Comments

Day 3 of the Global Learning Festival at Mahabalipuram, India

Hi, everyone! I am Aniruddh, and I am new around here. I am in Mahabalipuram at the Global Learning Festival, learning, sharing, documenting and translating. Since so many of you could not make it here and are eager to know what is going on, I thought I’d share with you some of my notes from Day 3 of the event.


We started the day with the appreciation of good music. Alli Sudar, a visually challenged artist, played a short melody on his flute, thus setting the right mood for…


Added by Aniruddhan Vasudevan on November 22, 2012 at 8:02pm — 11 Comments

FABIAN from BelCompetence shared his lessons learned.....


Fabian, a member of BelCompetence in Belgium, has asked me to share his story with the participants of the Global Learning Festival. He tried to post a video but had technical issues, so below is a written summary.

Feel welcome to share your comments,…


Added by Olivia Munoru on November 22, 2012 at 5:06am — 2 Comments

ANIMATION! - a useful tool for your fundraising

In early 2012, a group from the Global Support Team came together to see how we could help equip Constellation members to carry out fundraising to fund their travel and attendance at the Global Learning Festival. One of our strategies was to encourage groups to come together and hold creative fundraising events - anything ranging from dinners to fun runs to flash mobs!

We were lucky enough to come across Michael, an artist based in UK who had a dream to build his first…


Added by Olivia Munoru on November 22, 2012 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Lessons from the Arctic Circle! A leading example of local responses!

I was contacted by Eva-Lena, who comes from a community of 800 people living in a rural village in the Arctic Circle, in Sweden.

It's hard to write an intro to such an incredible video except to say - be warned... YOU WILL BE INSPIRED AND ENERGISED! What a community!

The community are not yet members of NING, but have said that they'll join us very soon. I promised to share this blog for the Global Learning Festival so that we can start some dialogue with…


Added by Olivia Munoru on November 22, 2012 at 12:37am — 1 Comment

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