Connecting local responses around the world
Learning from applying SALT in Catalonia. (it follows the previous post on Who are we?)
(AER) some interesting challenges to reflect upon:
Thus in multi-stakeholders projects, it seems important to reflect on How and when people should be included, is something that cannot always rationally be planned.
Holding the INTENTION for inclusion at the right time and place, that would be a guiding principle. Noticing signals of the field: what is the emerging process?
In Tarragona the emerging process was the creativity and new ideas on options to articulate that differ from those that had been boosted in other provinces by the government. Thus, meeting and exploring this emerging process without government representatives seems to have had amazing results.
Photo: reframing the allocation of chairs from linear/classical listening to panellist into a participatory SALT approach to learn from the “Local Response” already existing.
As we have shared with other SALT facilitators supporting the SALT on-line course that we are engaged in The Netherlands:
“As much as we aim for an egalitarian dialogue, that shouldn't obscure the impact of rank and power distance/power structures. The government has a very specific position in the field, which implies the authority to allocate budget and make various kinds of decisions. Stimulating dialogue on equal footing is important. At the same time we need clarity on roles, authority and the like, in order to build trust among parties and partners. Pretending equality when there is an actual power distance (different ranks and decision making authority) can be very detrimental. I have seen a lot of trouble coming from 'fake democracy'. . . “ (Birgitta Schonmaker)