When we work on collaborative problem-solving, whether it be adults or children, one of the biggest hurdles to success is attitude. Not just our attitude towards solving the problem, but our attitude towards the people we are working with.
Building community is not always easy. Maintaining community is not always easy. Repairing community is not always easy. However, it becomes easier when we approach each other with respect instead of animosity; when we listen instead of just speak; when we empathise instead of persecute; when we include instead of isolate; and, when we are truthful instead of deceitful.
Who we are is important. Our identity, our beliefs and our values make up our sense of self. How we are is a manifestation of those beliefs and values – the way we interact with other people – our character.
If we are to build communities which are fair and safe, then character matters. It matters not only in uniting people through commonalities but also how we manage and work through our differences to make things better for everyone not just a few.
A new research article 'Learning strategies: a synthesis and conceptual model' by John Hattie and Gregory Donoghue was published online two days ago with a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The link to the article will allow you to read it online, download a PDF copy or view an interactive PDF in ReadCube. The PDF version is below if you would prefer to download it from here.
"Don't be afraid to have dreams. Because four years ago, I was as far away from this as you can imagine and look what's happened! If you work hard enough...if you're not afraid to dream...and if you're not afraid to fail. Everybody fails. I've had more failures than I've had success. But I'm not afraid to fail." (Chris Coleman, 2016)
Whether you a sports fan or not, the Welsh football team demonstrated the importance of grounded values and the attitudes they produce. It was heartening to listen to ‘world-class superstar’ Gareth Bale talking with a complete lack of ego. In every interview, he emphasised that he was just one player in a team and that it was a team performance. Every time he also ensured that he acknowledged the commitment of the supporters and its effect on the team. These attitudes were echoed repeatedly by other individuals, players and coaching staff. There was a lot of talk about ‘we’ and ‘us’ as opposed to ‘I’ and ‘me’.