Salt-visit at Worldhouse in Amsterdam, November 6th 2017

During the visit I liked a lot the conversation I had with a woman who was colouring a mandala. I started talking to her in English (because we were talking English with the men). It turned out that she was speaking excellent Dutch. I didn't know if that is her mother tongue. What I realized: I automatically spoke English to her because that was the mode I was in. 

Learning point in a situation like the Worldhouse: don't make assumptions. Ask! 

Learning point 2: I asked her if she had er own place to live. She has that. In a way I was surprised because I had the assumption that only refugees came to the Worldhouse.  

For me asking the question 'what is your dream' felt a little dangerous. Maybe it is better to ask the group: what is your dream rather than individuals.

Remark: this text was a part of reflections during the Salt online-course and seems a bit 'hanging loose' here. I was asked to post it and since the experience was a little while ago, I chose not to make moderations or add text to it. 

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Comment by Marie Lamboray on August 2, 2018 at 11:12am

Thank you Margot!

"The worldhouse is a place where I can help people and where I can get help."

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Écartons les idées reçues !

Visite SALT à la Worldhouse à Amsterdam, le 6 novembre 2017

Lors de cette visite, j'ai beaucoup aimé la conversation que j'ai eue avec une femme qui coloriait un mandala. J'ai commencé à lui parler en anglais (parce que nous parlions anglais avec les hommes). Il s'est avéré qu'elle parlait un excellent néerlandais. C'était peut-être sa langue maternelle, je ne le savais pas. Ce que j'ai réalisé c’est que je lui ai automatiquement parlé anglais parce que c'était le mode dans lequel j'étais.

Ce que j’ai appris (1) : Dans une situation comme celle de la Worldhouse, écarter les idées reçues. Demander !

Je lui ai demandé si elle avait un logement. C’était le cas. D'une certaine façon, j'ai été surprise parce que je présupposais que seuls les réfugiés se rendaient à la Worldhouse.

Ce que j’ai appris (2) : pour moi, poser la question «quel est votre rêve» était un peu dangereux. Peut-être est-il préférable de la poser au groupe plutôt qu’individuellement ?



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