An inspiring blog post from a parent and social worker talking
about a workshop run by Caroline Tomlinson on behalf of In Control
for Herts CLDS.
Do you have the balls to build
Caroline Tomlinson certainly has.
Today I had the privilege of attending one of her training
sessions on building community.It was a very full day and we all
had a lot to learn, I'll try to remember and share some of what
We started the day by thinking about what 'community' means
There were lots of thoughts on what 'community' could mean
including…Geographical locations: Neighbourhoods, villages, towns,
cities, counties, countries, continents, planets…Interests: Sports,
politics, religion, activities, clubs, groups…Online: Twitter,
Facebook, Tumblr, blogs, hybrid, YouTube, Flickr, LinkedIn…We
thought that a community could consist of two people or the whole
human race. In our group we liked the words 'relatedness'
& 'shared interests'.
We came to realise that we need to know what
community means to every individual before we can hope to build
it's capacity. In order to understand that, we need to learn how to
listen to people so that we can build the community around
Listening is easier said than done. In pairs, we took turns
listening to each other speak. Some of us found it VERY difficult
to just keep quiet and listen. We MUST listen to people to find out
what their gifts and skills are. People won't want to volunteer for
things unless they know what it is they are being asked to do. We
won't know what they can do unless we listen to them
You can read the rest of the post on the 'Change
the world one community at a time' blog.