October 22, Bandung. Pak Sonny takes the floor, visibly moved. In his address to about 70 participants  at the Global Learning Festival (GLF), he explains why he flew all the way from Papua to West Java. “Papua has known many programs to deal with AIDS, he says. They came and went. The one that stayed with us is SALT, because it made us understand what we could do on our own”. I cried. 6 years ago, a change in leadership  had dashed our hopes to support Papua beyond the initial UNFPA support. Yet, SALT continues to stimulate local responses by the people of Papua. Contrary to my concern, our relationship with Sonny and his peers was alive.

Many participants took the floor at the GLF  for the first time in public. That moment of sharing their unique experience  transformed them from faceless people in need into irreplaceable individuals, main actors in their own lives.  Because they are fascinated by numbers mainstream programs tend to consider people as interchangeable as long as  indicators come out nicely for their managers. The GLF challenged that view.

SALT enables a change in world view. It replaces the mechanical view of a world  full of deficiencies to an organic worldview of infinite possibilities. Hundreds of thousands of local communities, of associations and even of corporations live according to this worldview. They all live in harmony because they have care at the center. Care for oneself, care for others, care for the nature to which we all belong. However as long  as that way of life remains limited to a small minority, mainstream programs to address a steadily growing array of needs will continue to deplete, not strengthen local responses, as it disheartens community to care for itself. Meanwhile, policy and institutional support to living systems will remain fragile and ephemeral.

One day the world will reach a tipping point: it will see the need to live in harmony as self evident. The GLF was a small, but significant step toward that point.

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Comment by Marie Lamboray on November 28, 2018 at 1:20pm

:) merci pour la traduction!

Comment by Jean-Louis Lamboray on November 26, 2018 at 11:37pm

Traduction FR

22 octobre, Bandung. Pak Sonny prend la parole devant environ 70 participants au Global Learning Festival (GLF), organisé par Indocompetence . Visiblement ému, il explique pourquoi il a pris l'avion pour se rendre de Papouasie au Java occidental. « La Papouasie a connu de nombreux programmes de lutte contre le sida, a-t-il déclaré. Ils sont venus et sont allés. Ce qui nous est resté c’est SALT, car SALT nous a permis de comprendre ce que nous pouvions faire nous-mêmes ». J'ai pleuré. Il y a 6 ans, un changement de direction avait anéanti nos espoirs de soutenir la Papouasie au-delà du soutien initial du FNUAP. Cependant, SALT continue de stimuler les réponses locales de la population de Papouasie. Contrairement à mon inquiétude, notre relation avec Sonny et ses pairs était vivante.

De nombreux participants ont pris la parole en public au GLF pour la première fois. Ce moment de partage de leur expérience unique les a transformés de personnes sans visage dans le besoin en personnes irremplaçables, actrices principales de leur vie. Parce qu'ils sont fascinés par les chiffres, les programmes traditionnels ont tendance à considérer les personnes comme étant interchangeables dès lors que les indicateurs sont satisfont leurs responsables. La GLF a contesté ce point de vue.

SALT permet de changer la vision du monde. Il remplace la vision mécanique d'un monde plein de carences en une vision organique du monde aux possibilités infinies. Des centaines de milliers de communautés locales, d'associations et même de sociétés vivent selon cette vision du monde. Elles vivent en harmonie car pour elles, ce qui est essentiel, c’est de prendre soin. Prendre soin de soi, prendre soin des autres, prendre soin de la nature à laquelle nous appartenons tous. Cependant, tant que ce mode de vie restera limité à une petite minorité, les programmes actuels visant à répondre à un nombre croissant de besoins continueront de s’épuiser car ils découragent la communauté de se prendre en charge. Tant que la vision du monde mécanique prévaudra, le soutien politique et institutionnel aux systèmes vivants demeurera fragile et éphémère.

Un jour, le monde atteindra un point critique : la nécessité de vivre en harmonie deviendra une évidence. Le GLF était un pas petit mais significatif vers ce point.

Comment by Jean-Louis Lamboray on November 12, 2018 at 9:01am

Yes Rituu, that relation will remain challenging as long as service providers and policy makers continue to behave in the mechanical or "shopping mall" paradigm...Hance our broad definition of "community" and our offer of SALt to any community.

Comment by Rituu B. Nanda on November 9, 2018 at 12:28pm

I like that you look at the larger eco-system including the nature. Thank you

In Assam, what I am learning is that SALT is extremely important but not enough for a sustainable response. Link to services is equally important and link is not a linear process and very challenging. 

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