Like every SALT team, the Constellation’s Global Support Team (GST) made its action plan for the year, focusing on three priority practices that should help us get closer to our joint dream. GST members will be contributing their best towards those actions, and we are inviting all who are interested, to join in. Here is where our focus will be:
We cultivate memberships of people owning the Constellation dream
Constellation Members will be the focus of our attention. Constellation Members will now have a ‘formal’ opportunity to demonstrate that they sympathise with the Constellations dream and are ‘in’ by signing up for the membership statement
. We will connect with Constellation members who so wish for a conversation on how we are all contributing to the Constellation’s dream.
Constellation members will become more central in the governance of our organisation as we are renewing the Membership Assembly and the Constellation’s Board towards the end of the year.
Célicia Theys, Marlou de Rouw and Dolores (Loli) Rey-Novoa will lead the work on this practice with support of friends from board and membership assembly.
We spread “beacons” of Local response
We look forward to continue to work with communities so that they understand their capacity to deal with their challenges. But we also recognise that if we can ‘document’ the value of the Community Life Competence approach with specific examples, we can influence and inspire others to take up our approach. We call these examples ‘Beacons of Local Response’. This year we will document the full story, with all pains and gains, of communities going through a process towards their dreams. We will do so in written, through co-creative theater and with a series of filmed documentaries.
GST’ers who will make working on the beacons a priority this year are Phil Forth, Autry Haynes, Célicia Theys and Marlou de Rouw.
We are a source of tools and methodologies
We provide material to support Local Responses at all scales, from the individual to the national. As a principle, we always make a version of the tools that are available without charge. We never make any claim to ownership of intellectual property related to these tools and methodologies. The main focus for 2017 in this practice will be to offer the SALT online Programme
that will offer affordable access to accompanied learning on facilitation of the Community Life Competence Process. During 2015, we have been developing this variation of the Blended Learning Training programme that we can use to support individuals and groups at low cost. During 2016, we tested this distance learning programme, now we are (almost) ready to launch!
Luc Barriere-Constantin will manage the programme, and Laurie Khorchi and Autry Haynes will coach new facilitators of triads. Phil Forth will maintain the content of the modules. Jaime Saborio is offering his IT skills in transferring our modules to a new more user friendly platform.
Beside focussing on those practices, we will continue our work in Care
(Loli and Marlou), Transfer
(Laurie and Luc), Learn
(Autry and Phil) and Share
and Celicia with support of MariJo Vazquez and Carmen Rivera), such as clear and transparent accounting, building and maintaining partnerships and sharing in and outside the Constellation via Ning, our website, monthly newsletter, Twitter and our annual report. An important campaign supported by the Share team strengthened by Anu Sieberk, Zen Nguyen and many local connectors around the world is called Let’s Reconnect and is linked to presentations of the story of our shared dream: What Makes us Human
The GST can always use extra hands, skills and energy. If you have some time and want to join us in those and more tasks, be in touch with Marlou!