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Learning to listen more carefully

Recently I have had the pleasure of spending time at 2 meetings with, let us call him, John from Uganda.



After a little while, I noticed that John had the habit of quietly raising his hand (yes, it is possible to raise your hand quietly) and asking a question.



And often the question was about someone else's question. Had we understood this question correctly? And, if so, had the answer that had been given to this question been satisfactory? And very often, the answer to… Continue

Added by Phil on August 7, 2009 at 7:25pm — 8 Comments

A gift...of hugs and many wonderful things...from Rwanda

Last week, I was part of a GLIA event in Rwanda. During the week, we made a SALT visit to a village called Ruhuha. This was about 90 minutes drive away from the capital, Kigali. The visit was remarkable in so many ways that it is very difficult to know where to start. But I will try.



In the village, a group of orphans had decided that they would work together to meet the challenges that they faced. So when we met them, one group was working to produce clothing for sale to the public.… Continue

Added by Phil on July 24, 2009 at 9:08pm — 1 Comment

A reflection on the T in SALT

For some time now I have had a personal discomfort with the T is for Transform in SALT. So I thought I would raise the issue.



I am very comfortable with the idea that as a member of a SALT Team, I Support, I Appreciate, I Learn and I Transfer.



But I do not Transform.



And I do not Transform at 2 levels.



First of all, I do not Transform people. If people are transformed (which I will question later), then they transform themselves. I neither claim nor… Continue

Added by Phil on January 3, 2009 at 2:54pm — 6 Comments

A Christmas Story

I would like to tell you of something that happened to me this week that has given me immense pleasure. I don't know that it has got much to do with AIDS Competence, but never mind.



During the week a friend fowarded an e-mail from one of her friends about a review of a book called 'The Living Mountain' by a woman called Nan Shepherd. It was a reprint of a book that had been out of print for a long time. The book is about the Cairngorm Mountains in the north of Scotland and as my… Continue

Added by Phil on December 21, 2008 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

Building the Dream: An example of its power and a reflection on a problem.

Earlier this month, I was fortunate enough to take part in a Constellation workshop organised by Belcompetence in Brussels. During Friday afternoon and Saturday a wonderfully diverse group of about 30 people introduced themselves to the AIDS Competence process.



There were many things I could write about the weekend, but this note is about Building the Dream, the first step in the Constellation process. I thought about writing it immediately after the weekend, but I decided to give… Continue

Added by Phil on June 23, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Some thoughts from last week

Here are some thoughts based around what I have done and the conversations I've had over the last week.



1. In a conversation with Jean-Louis on Friday, we mused that we did not have a vocabulary to articulate strengths. I guess that what we are saying is that our vocabulary is not well developed. It's a bit like trying to discuss wine. We are all comfortable to say that is good or not so good, but we (I) find it very difficult to describe what is good about it and what is not so good… Continue

Added by Phil on June 16, 2008 at 2:38pm — 7 Comments

Trust the development experts...all 7 billion of them.

Trust the development experts...all 7 billion of them. This is the title of an article in the Financial Times published on 29 May 2008 by William Easterly.



The article is a criticism of the report of the World Bank Growth Commission. This represents the work of a huge number of people giving their views on what countries need to do in order… Continue

Added by Phil on June 2, 2008 at 1:39am — 3 Comments

The virtue of home visits

This is a transcript of today's '60 second Science' podcast from Scientific American.



"When it comes to saving lives, a personal touch can sometimes work better than drugs alone. That’s what researchers in Uganda found, in a study published in the journal the Lancet. Scientists studied the efficacy of home visits to AIDS patients in rural areas that aren’t served by clinics. Lay workers with no clinical training visited patients weekly to provide potent anti-AIDS… Continue

Added by Phil on March 25, 2008 at 1:21pm — No Comments

An example of effective communication.

I want to describe a piece of remarkably effective communication. I know that it is effective because just 2 messages have changed my behaviour and I am confident that those 2 messages have changed my behaviour for ever. I've been talking about this with a variety of people over the last few weeks and I've been trying to understand what it means for how the Constellation communicates.



I got the first message from a poster. As far as I can remember it was a simple black text on a… Continue

Added by Phil on March 20, 2008 at 4:03pm — 4 Comments

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