On its ambitious learning journey towards inclusion, our project has now entered in its second year. We believe that the project is important because the current system of support leaves too many people in settings that limit their freedom and leave them out of diverse opportunities to participate in community life and act as contributing citizens. In order to shift this situation in-depth learning is required, and this is what our project is built on in relation to three highly interrelated ‘keys to achieving Inclusion’:
- We want to learn how to support organizations on their journey to transform their structures and cultures and to develop the capacity to offer individualized and truly person-centered support.
- We want to learn how to bridge the gap between “Service” and “Community Life”, so that more people have opportunities to be active and contributing members of their communities.
- We want to learn how to shape inclusive learning environments as spaces where people can learn and co-create inclusion by engaging in common projects for which everyone holds responsibility.
For our project we have adopted Theory U (www.presencing.com) as a guide to our learning. Theory-U stands for an understanding of social innovation that calls people to move outside their familiar assumptions and patterns of behavior. The practices associated with Theory – U provide diverse opportunities and social techniques for deeper levels of listening, observation and awareness. In our learning fields we want to offer people time and space to consider the meaning that inclusion holds for them, both as individuals and collectively as organizations. Throughout the project we invite them to consider where we are now, what it will take to move further, into a new story of inclusion, and what intentional action we are willing to take in order to create New Paths to InclUsion.
We invite you to read through our Newsletter and find out how we are trying to achieve this, what we have learned so far and what challenges we have encountered.