Connecting local responses around the world
An amazing sentence! Connecting not creating, not building, not capacitating!!
At the Knowledge Fair organised by the India Care Emphasis team in New Delhi, someone asked." What is new about SALT? As development professionals we have been appreciative and participatory even before. We have been listening to communities." It got me thinking: what was new ? Was it that earlier we involved communities but the agenda was ours?
Did we now go in, knowing that communities had the answers. Our role was just to stimulate the responses. How did we stimulate? Often, by connecting them with the experience of another community. We believed in the rich diversity of local responses and yet its ability to inspire and stimulate.
The strength of the Constellation lies in its ability to connect rather than create: accepting the agency of response as outside of us! A new insight for me!!