Connecting local responses around the world
On 28th Sep 2018, I facilitated a one-day session on use of SALT and Community life competence process in development and M&E . NILERD -National Institute of Labour Economics Research and Development (An Autonomous Institute under NITI Aayog, Government of India) organises M&E course for foreign professionals every year in Delhi, India. Here is a short summary of the discussion we had on our ‘common humanity’ and what it means in context of our work with people. This is part I of the three series blogs I will write.
I put before the question ‘what makes us human?’ to 27 professionals from 20 countries. Human beings may look different from each other but have same physical parts. Everyone has soul, mind and body, emotions, intelligence, imagination, reasoning and knowledge. We spent some time deliberating on the need to belong and importance of connection and relationships in our life. One participant made a remark “uniqueness is common to all mankind.” Through this conversation we realised that there are certain things, which are universal and we need to keep them in mind in our work with people.
This deep dive into conversations around relationships and how they are key to a flourishing life reminded me of something I had read “Humans have a need to belong, to connect, to bond. We are biologically wired to seek relationships.” The discussion showed that when we see each other as human beings, we connect at a deeper level. Zamira said that this is not easy in practice and cited a proverb from her country Tajikistan - Science is easy but to be human is difficult-
An observation from one participant at the end seemed to have said it all “I can see myself in you.”
Second blog -Appreciative and caring conversation- https://aidscompetence.ning.com/profiles/blogs/appreciative-and-car...