hopes and beliefs

communi-STANDING's hope is to create an environment where it's safe for people to venture into their own discomfort zones, and try out new skills, behaviours or attitudes. Our sessions offer you an opportunity to step into our own power. We believe that deep, self-discovered learning is personally transformative and powerful. Principles guiding the development of group learning plans --

Experiential learning

communi-STANDING believes that our behaviour is only changed by self-discovered and empowered learning. For this reason, the trainings/consultancies are participatory and experiential. Typically we begin by framing the topic and then the trainer/facilitator invites participants to explore your experience of the topic through exercises, learning games, role plays, and facilitated discussions. This intention is to guide people towards examining an experience or issue, discovering new perspectives or creating your own meaningful connection.

We are all experts

Regardless of our schooling history, we all have acquired complex and detailed knowledge of our communities, workplaces and the world based on our personal experiences. A cashier at the supermarket may know nothing about the work of a brain surgeon, but neither does the brain surgeon know anything about duties and demands placed on a person working the till all day long. We all are experts of our own lives.

Learning from life's stories

communi-STANDING's training approach interweaves people's life stories with theoretical concepts and creates opportunities for people to explore what do effective communication, community organising and connections local and global mean to them. By sharing and comparing our experiences we can analyse topics extracted from the narratives and ultimately build understanding and community across cultural lines locally and globally.

Respect for differences

People develop and maintain their cultures for various reasons, and though it may not make sense to us, it is right for them. Respecting cultural differences means accepting and understanding that another way is right for other people. Consider 'friendship'. People across the world have friends, but the characteristics and meaning of friendship varies across cultures.

Friendship characteristics - Culture A

  • deep friendships that last a lifetime
  • friendships develop slowly and within a group context
  • once part of a group, people tend to identify with that group for a lifetime

Friendship characteristics - Culture B

  • friendships made quickly, ephemeral
  • maintain a wide circle of acquaintances and friends
  • easily move between groups over course of lifetime, identify with many groups

Truth, dialogue, and integrative power

No one has a monopoly on the 'truth'. Truth is our life experiences and assumptions about how the world works based on our culture, race, gender, class, family and faith background. Dialogue asks people to explore what these assumptions are, listen deeply to one another, learn new perspectives and reflect upon our own. Uncovering these basic assumptions help us to share past experiences and build a common vision of the future and nurture integrative power—the most potent form of power, getting what we need and want in concert with others.