Connecting local responses around the world
To know the group, listen to them and adapt. The participantsare very smart and used to structural ways of study, training, and working. They are also grown up in a well organized life-style. Therefore, our facilitation will need to have a good balance of ‘head’, ‘heart’ and ‘hand’. Though our aim for the first introduction is that participants understand how SALT effects a shift in attitudes (heart) and practices/behavior (hand), we still need to have some structure (head) in our facilitation. For example, we held a session to prepare for a SALT visit with some guidelines for participants to discuss.
In addition, some participants have been trained and practicing some strength-based approaches, such as ABCD (Asset Based Community Development). They need to see how SALT is similar or different from what they have been practicing already. The AAR of a SALT visit, therefore, may need to add ‘how did we/I practice SALT’ to keep in mind when they reflect on their experience.
Another lesson relates to our facilitation team. We found that with a team of 2 as co-facilitators of each session works quite well. A co-facilitator will help and support the lead facilitator to make the session more complete when necessary. The rule for a team is to be there to support and not to go against one another. In order for us to do so, we will need to hav a structure (a facilitation agenda) for ourselves. And, everyone needs to join the preparation and every AAR.
‘Slow, simple and straight forward’ is a good slogan, given by Jean-Louis, for our effective facilitation!