SPIRAL OF INCLUSION
By París Uki.
Inclusion is a group process, not a physical state or immutable property. I consider necessary to accept that one never gets to be completely inclusive, because with every individual that enters or leaves a group at any given time, this group changes and adapts. A group is a system of interpersonal relations which I see as a living organism, open and permeable.
I visualize this process as a path towards inclusion. A spiralled path where the person is located at the center. From there we walk on processes of access, active participation and collective learning, and back again through these same processes with every new experience. The spiral broadens and deepens. Therefore, inclusion is an ideal that impulses me forward and should be in continuous revision and change, according to the characteristics and needs of the individuals forming the group at any given time.
STAGES ON THE PATH
If the person(s) stand at the center of the process, social change therefore begins with oneself.
At this stage in my life I have identified phases in the process of personal transformation towards the values of inclusive coexistence and, by extension, of cultural transformation towards social inclusion.
1. Recognising the VALUE of BEING a person. Every person has value.
Away with labels and prejudice. We are persons and every person is different. Diversity is natural, an essential characteristic of life.
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[toggle title=”Read more” open=”no”]Recognise the value you have: connect with your ADN at every moment of your life. What is your Attitude? What do you Desire in life? What is your Necessity in life?
Evaluate your own resources (here and now): what do I know, what do I have, what am I capable of. Starting from your own resources, you can take the first step towards what you wish: your Dream.
Move in order to satisfy authentic needs in life. One generally goes through life satisfying artificial needs and we tend to forget what it is we really need to live the life that truly deserves to be lived.
If you wish to get deeper: dive into #DIVERSITY #IDENTITY
2. Accept LIMITS and learn to ASK FOR HELP. Every person needs other persons to survive.
Our resources are limited. Likewise, we have our own limits: physical, cognitive, andemotional.
3. Rescue SELFDETERMINATION. Anyone is able to take decisions about their own life.
Only oneself knows what he/she needs and how to achieve it, either by our own means, or asking for help [see previous stage], it depends on one ́s own decision.
Every one of us has the capacity for selfdetermination: we can choose and make decisions that concern our own life.
4. Visualise the social BARRIERS that make it difficult or stop you from participating in a social life.
Access and active participation in social life is necessary for any person to fully realise their development potential.
The environment in which we live contains or creates barriers that prevent access and participation of some individuals, the so-called barriers of social exclusion. Each individual faces diverse barriers depending on her/his capacities, needs and limitations.
5. To generate a SUPPORT net and resources to transform barriers. It is a civil responsibility to allow access and active participation in citizenship.
I assume my own responsibility in expressing and visualising my own barriers, free of any prejudice. In a group that strives to be inclusive, we share the responsibility of creating resources and support nets. To be responsible at a personal and group level also implies to be mindful of sustainability limits.
6. To interiorise the spiralled PROCESS. We live the values in and through ourselves.
The view on inclusive coexistence that I put forward in this blog is not about “identity groups”, it is about persons. Myself as a person, I am reflecting in this blog on my own experiences: my limits, the social barriers I encounter, the support I need and my own responsibility in the process.
Little by little, person by person, step by step, we surely can transform culture.