Connecting local responses around the world
I would like to share my experience in applying SALT to a project with Civil Society Organisations in Tarragona, Catalonia.
A gathering was organized on 20th January, which was facilitated using SALT to get to know better "Who are we". Some organisations / reference persons know each other, and also have a history of working together, but not all, so diversity was there, which was hugely needed to be taken into account in the facilitation process).
Participatory exercises were used to help creating the atmosphere that supported sharing and trust. Later, in smaller groups, we worked together on concrete experiences and stories of linking up among the organisations, giving also space for the Hopes and Concerns, which appear in relation with possible future collaborations and networking .
Sharing the Hopes and Concerns has been key in order to give space to both the strengths that were implicitly present in the shared stories, and the ways that challenges were overcome. Given space to the challenges had a powerful effect, in connecting differently, from a more human communality.
Those were some of the strengths and challenges overcomed:
What was my main learning from applying SALT?
By unfolding the strengths through story telling and exploration of Hopes and Concerns, interestingly creative energy appeared, willingness to explore different options to coordinate that might differ from other experiences in mores centralised provinces like Barcelona. Owning the own way and wisdom of solving their own situation was powerful, a starting point, that seems will have a follow-up in the near future.