Connecting local responses around the world
Recently, a group of curious people met in Amsterdam to discus if the SALT approach is Dutchable. This is a short reflection of this meeting. I do invite others to add anything they miss.
Before we discussed the approach, we shared our dreams and got to know each other better. Although the group was diverse, there was willingness to share and link with each other. There were dreams about abandoned islands as well as dreams about future careers.
Thereafter we discussed the approach in small groups. There were multiple questions that came across like; What can I do? What is the approach? Is it Dutchable? The variety of questions was sometimes a bit confusing, but we managed to sum up some outcomes:
· The SALT approach and appreciative inquiry is indeed applicable in The Netherlands. There are definitely opportunities in businesses and schools.
· Local response, communities. We need to focus more on what is already inside our communities.
· To take action within your community, you must be sincerely interested. Looks what makes you curious. What are my own motivations and strengths, is an important question.
· SALT is a tool to find the unique sound/strength of a community
· Sharing knowledge of this approach to others.
· One innovative way of doing business is “give the amount what you think it is worth it”. How much do you appreciate this service and how much do you want to pay for it?
One tip mentioned: 7 Days of inspiration. This is an event in February where you can share, and present initiatives that helped someone.
Well if this will be continued? I don’t know. I met some fantastic people I would like to stay in touch with. I hope through Ning, but much better in real life.
So my question is, what can we do ourselves and do we need each other to accomplish this?
I wish you all a wonderful and inspiring 2011!