Sohail is a sociologist from Pakistan. He experienced first hand how SALT bridged this “false boundary” between personal and professional life. Moreover, Sohail shares with us something very interesting. He describes how SALT emerged out of him, it was always inside. The latter has been emphasised in many stories. Indeed, every human, be a saint or a sinner, consists of salt. 🙂
Appreciation also dissolves the separation we make between work and family. At first we conceived the Constellation as a non-profit consulting firm which would sell facilitation services. But we did not anticipate how the approach would impact our own lives! When we started looking at people through a different lens, their positive energy found its way into our own lives. – a paragraph from “What Makes Us Human?”
Note – GLF is a Constellation’s organised Global Learning Festival that took place in Uganda in 2017
Very grateful to you, Sohail Bawani, for your insights!
Jean-Louis shares his experiences with SALT:
We continue to learn about the power of appreciation.
That is why we would love to hear YOUR story in written or video form.
This is how people featured in the book approach SALT:
|Astonishing idea of appreciation||It’s not about me appreciating people… It’s about me talking to people so that they appreciate their own strengths.||Phil, a British member of the Constellation, current chair
|The learning journey||It is necessary for all of us to be SALTy. It is the connector that helps bring life and nourishment to the theoretical movements that we all want but which has rarely seen in practice.||Ian, an Australian founding member of the Constellation, coordinator of “Affirm Facilitation Associates”|
|Strength as a connector||It requires this constant in my words mindfulness or awareness – oh yeah, let’s first look for strengths!||Gaston, a Dutch living in Thailand and working as an executive coach/entrepreneur|
|Trusting humanity||Instead of just trying to convince someone, I start listening first…I found a way how to be more myself and to relate more with others in this way.
|MariJo, a Spanish member of the Constellation|
|An internal and external compass||You’re actually always looking for what’s there, not what’s not there.||Claire, an Australian psychologist, came across SALT 15 years ago|
|Transformative change through sharing a present||At the same time as facilitating transformative change in other people, we’re letting people transform us. And that’s ok. […] It’s a way of insuring that when we come alongside those people, we are present in that moment with them in a way that allows us to acknowledge all things that have brought them and us to that point.||Matt, an Australian community development worker for local government|
|SALT as a way of being human, being natural||Be there, listen, care for eachother and be authentic. Be yourself.||Marlou, a Dutch living in France and working as a manager of the Constellation’s Global Support Team|
|Always been inside||I think SALT was always part of my DNA from the very beginning anyway, before I discovered these letters. […] Whether you are an employer or a friend or a wife or a mother or a facilitator or a coach, you apply it. I apply it.||Olivia, an Australian living in Kenya and owning two businesses there|
|From expert to human: sharing builds trust||By putting them as simple victims of a situation, they are becoming second victims of our approach.||Joao, a Mozambique project manager|
To continue, find out how people from many different fields experience SALT:
|Sharing – Knowledge Exchange||It changed my relationships with people, especially with my friends because we now discuss more about our dreams, our emotions, what we didn’t do before and we are much closer because of that…I feel we understand eachother better.||Aurélie, a master student of Public Health|
|Encouraging conditions for development||From the first meeting, the [Constellation] coaches created the conditions for us to live the A of appreciation, the L of listening, of link … SALT is a constructive approach that contributes to the development of each and everyone … Facilitators and Malagasy communities are on their way to ownership of the approach in Madagascar.
|Santatra (in French), a facilitator from Madagascar|
|The power of many||There’s nobody that can come from the outside to solve your problems. You have so many strengths. You can solve your own problems.
We need not have a lot of money to really work in the field. You know what, all they require is some time to come together, share experiences, learn from eachother.
|Anthony, a social worker from India|
|A holistic approach||HIV is not isolated and we cannot address HIV without addressing other issues that affect us. […] SALT and communitylifecompetence contributed to communities using their strength to address common concerns.||Autry, an agriculturist from Guyana|
|Two-way street||It’s not about questions and answers. It’s about what we’ve done and what do we enjoy in life and now we are free to talk.
You have to maybe reorient it, you have to relearn something. You have to maybe unlearn and relearn something. Then only you can be SALT facilitated.
|Rajib, a researcher/evaluator from India|
|It’s in us||It’s not that people resist change. They resist change that comes from outside of them. People inspire themselves from the inside. It’s the invitation to be authentic, take off the mask and providing a safe space to do that.||Anita, a German living in Belgium and working as a coach and consultant|
|Go for the uncomfortable dream||We should not be shy of dreaming. Always go for the uncomfortable and the unachievable dream.
In that unexpected gap between what you thought you should be looking for and what they wanted to share – there the real knowledge lies.
|Rafique, an Indian doctor, who owns a care home for senior citizens|
|Relaxed way of life||Beautiful things may arise when you just open up and take life easy and take connections easy. Being in a mindset of wonder, feeling the urge to connect – that’s the SALT way.||Jan, a Belgian coach/consultant/poet/photographer|
|Small sparks||Everybody has their share of stress in life and if you learn how to manage that, you can give more back to the society.||Geerish, a Mauritian marketing manager and social activist|
|Honouring life||As it seems that the complete society is in burnout, SALT with its deep respect towards life, people and nature, offers a helpful hand.
|Patricia, no title, just passion|
|Building bridges||SALT emerged out of me, it was always inside.
|Sohail, sociologist from Pakistan|