Connecting local responses around the world
Anita (from Brussels), Suse and I (from Amsterdam) started the Blended Learning programme approx. two months ago. We're really enjoying learning about SALT and moving through the motions of the CLCP. I've done the CLC Process twice before in a group, in a 3-day facilitators course, and I'm learning a lot of new things now. Personally I find it easier to concentrate myself and grasp the learning in a small group. There's always so much going on in a large group... on so many levels....
I think SALT and CLCP may sometimes look (too) simple. Now I'm grasping more and more about the how and why of the way of working & the way of thinking by EXPERIENCING it in a small group as we take sufficient time to REFLECT on the experiences. It is much easier to adapt to individual learning styles and needs within the context of a TRIAD.
What I also like about this collaborative learning journey, is the fact that we have different but overlapping backgrounds. The variety creates richness in experiences and lively discussions. The strengths of each person is highlighted naturally during the steps of the CLCP.
Here are three of my favorite practices. Today we described level 5 of all 10 practices. Level 5 means that the practice has become as natural as breathing, it becomes 'part of your DNA'.
1) We stay open and curious with regard to our facilitation skills. We acquire the habit of inquiry and learning on a daily basis.
What it looks like when it is a habit or routine:
Learning is our way to connect to the world. Every experience in mind, body and feeling can be valuable for raising our awareness and consciousness. We are naturally open to learn from our environment as well as from inside sensations. We share these new experiences with each other.
2) We feel comfortable with not knowing.
It's part of our DNA when:
We have a deep trust in the unfolding process, in ourselves and the people we work with. Therefore we can be present from moment to moment being awake to what wants to unfold. Every part of the proces (technical, communication, experience,....) can be information for us. Unexpected insights can emerge in this way.
3) We share stories so that we can transfer insights.
When it is natural to us:
During our Blended Learning program we take time to listen to each other’s stories/experiences that can help us understand SALT and CLCP. We actively ask each other to share experiences from either daily life or from work life. When we listen to stories, we listen for the strengths of the narrator. We share the strengths that we noticed and our insights afterwards.
These are our take-aways from today's assignment to describe the practices as habit:
* Practices will be assessed, so they need to include observable behavior.
* Practices need to be phrased as distinct practices, because of the assessment that takes place later on and the assessment needs to be rigorous.
* Talking about level 5, we found out that sometimes there is a difference in understanding. We are coming from different backgrounds, so it is really good to stay curious and ask probing questions (one of our practices ;-)
As to the Self-Assessment step: when rating we drew conclusions by comparing observations. The process was quite straight-forward, the five categories were self-explanatory. I can imagine that the self-assessment assignment in a community can be tense, but the good thing is that you are talking about observable behavior, and not about motives. So the concrete descriptions of the practices help to avoid speculation as to motives (a major trigger for conflicts!).
Conclusion: even though we are all experienced facilitators, partaking in the Blended Learning programme is deeping our insights and will strenghten our capability to work with communities, thus bringing more value to the people we work with. That's why we recommend doing this program ;-)
Thank you, Autry, for guiding us steadily through the journey. Thank you to Célicia for your enthusiasm.