Connecting local responses around the world
‘Response and Stimulating Invitations as a way towards sustainability of local Response”
The Global Learning Festival in Bandung Indonesia brought together people from diverse cultures and experiences. This also meant that learning was perceived differently, and each person would most likely reflect different from what they saw, experienced or participated in. As a person who has lived and experienced the SALT/CLCP process unfold, it was good to look deep on what essentials lay behind the unique nature of the festival. The theme for this GLF was ‘Sustainability of Local Response”. It might sound like an easy theme but I thought about it more when I came back home, and realized a key learning based on this theme is in the actual interaction between a facilitation team with communities.
The interactions can be though home visits, conversations or even programs such as kids clubs, Women Ministries or Campus groups. The essence is that there needs to be a ‘space’ for members OR processes that justify the desire for sustainability of a local response. The processes that Local support teams engage with are diverse between countries and communities, but one key lessons and realization for me is the practice of stimulating and responding to invitations. A local support team thrives and is enthused through these constant interactions that are ‘fresh’ each time. Stimulating invitations means, being proactive in the SALT visits conversations which leads to a desire for more discussions because they inspire hope and energy. The community says 'come again', or when can we do this again?", or how about organizing something like this again with us e.t.c. Responding to invitation is the act of going back or visiting again with other LST or with a different focus but it is the re-connections over and over that leads to breakthrough for learning, transfer and change ( response)
Local support teams and communities find strength in SALT visits done through ‘invitations’ whether stimulated or responded to. The practice of stimulating local response through invitations; - genuinely and through a healthy process also ignites a passion for momentum around every person; and with time this becomes a way of living hence sustainability of a local response and also local support teams. Having said this, the facilitation process through which the ‘stimulation’ or ‘response’ to invitations is done, has to be from a position of SALT/CLCP.