Connecting local responses around the world
On October 19, 2011 at the University's Campus, Turkeyen, Guyana . 25 Social work students and two lecturers were sprinkled with SALT.Colleen and Myself facilitated the process.
The Weather Inside.
This a great way of taking participants on the journey from outside to inside. Some participants shared that for them though the exercise was simple it was powerful!!, as it revealed what was truly happening within them!!
Using Ice Breakers.
During our CLC training,a colleague introduced a POWERFUL local ice breaker where it tells of a story of the people having the perception that we were breaking down one village to build up another ...and how the people reacted! So we did it and it was tons of fun!! Just as it was when he ( Odinga) did it with us!
I love this ice breaker! Thank you Odinga!
Hopes and Concerns
The students shared their hopes and concerns, some of which are:
"Hope to get Married"
Concerned about my brother's alcoholism
"Hope of becoming a mother one day"
Concerned about my ability to conceive a child
"Hope that there will be equality among the citizens of the nation"
my concern is that some system be implemented as it relates to sexual abuse of differently able persons.
"Hope to see our country free from discrimination"
my concern is the amount of persons living in poverty
"I hope that human beings become more caring to each other
My Concern is that I study enough to ensure a pass in economics exam
"to have a better relationship with my mom
"it is my concern of why mom doesn't trust me
We then flowed into Dream Building. For their personal dreams we heard:
" A litter free world"
"To have a family, with a mother(myself) , husband and two children, a boy and a girl"
"to get married"
" to have my own things, a house, a car"
"to complete my education"
" to have a bright happy life, as the sun depicts in my drawing"
"to just be happy, at peace with myself, environment and close ones
""to feel contented everyday"
"to share my love with humanity"
"to have a garden"
"have a good job"
"stop discrimination, work on modernising Guyana where we have better public and private services"
"Unity for all- black, white, gay, straight, differently able, HIV + , peace and love"
"Equality Rights for ALL- One Nation, One Destiny , One People
"A Community that works- Good roads, a house, cars, happy children, a play group, a garden, a pond"
Because of time, we did not do the big dream building, however I talked/walked them through it! Imagine a BIG DREAM where everyone's personal dream was part of it....what would we create?...what would we hope for?, what would we be concerned about? There was a hush hush and eyes widened! *_*.
Also discussed were what is a community, what is a competent community and SALT
It was very exciting taking them through the process and seeing them internalise the concept of SALT. At one particular moment as I was speaking, one of the lecturers was furiously making notes...:) I think this is a good sign!
Whilst Colleen connected the dots in a beautiful summary --an overview of the Constellation... new ways of thinking, new ways of working, identifying strengths...local response.....building competent communities , when she used the terms in SALT, though sporadic ....the students were pre-empting her words of the acronym!
Peace and Love