After three years of intense learning and developing the end of our project marks a change of seasons. Whilst we have been active cultivating our (social) fields and trying to plant new seeds, this newsletter is supposed to celebrate our “harvest”. Still our journey is far from being over.
Three years ago, we have set out on an ambitious journey trying to find new answers to the questions “How can we make sure that support services respond to the individual needs of persons with disabilities and help them live included in the community?” and “What kind of personal and organisational training & learning is necessary to facilitate such a transformative process?” Now looking back, we can say that we have not found THE answer. However, we have found something much more powerful – many new questions that will keep guiding our efforts and initiatives towards co-creating New Paths to Inclusion. We have set many things in motion. The many, sometimes subtle, sometimes profound, changes we have committed to, and the seeds we planted within ourselves, our organisations, our Networks and communities are starting to take root and to spread.
In this final newsletter, we have arranged a collection of our learning, of which we hope that you will take some time to read, reflect and be inspired by them. If you have missed our final events in Vienna and Brussels, then here you find a chance to see how we tried to share and build on what we have learned. The two stories of Petr and Judith shared in this newsletter stand as living examples for the kind of changes and developments described above.
But like we said, this is just a taster. You can find many more stories, articles, detailed informations about the projects outcomes, approaches and methods like e.g. Person-centred Planning, Theory U, Organisational change, Community Inclusion and Creating Inclusive spaces of learning on our One-Stop Online Knowledge Centre. As a partnership we have also made the commitment to keep on expanding this space into a living portal, with our and hopefully also your stories and experiences to share with and for the world.
Our learning(s) already have generated new beginnings for us, and hopefully they will do for you as well. You might decide to take over some of the seeds of our learning harvest and plant (scale) ideas and insights across into your organizations, Networks and communities. So also do not hesitate, even when the project has already finished, to contact our partners, locate a community of practice and join our movement – which has just started.
Enjoy our newsletter and – to close with a quote from Hans Meissner - “I hope to see you in the circle of a community of practice or out and about in the neighborhood welcoming the gifts of diversity in our human world.”