Radical listening is the most important aspect of HIH’s work. We believe that communities know the root causes and therefore the solutions to their social and environmental problems. We listen to their ideas and implement them. This is our approach and the foundation for ASRI’s programs. This method allows us to see the intersection of health, environmental, and economic issues and address them effectively to protect earth’s critical ecosystems.
Radical listening can have a transformative impact on international development programs, conservation initiatives, or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plans. Radical listening is more than communication. It’s a unique approach to community engagement that generates win-win solutions. Radical listening is trusting community members to be the best solvers of their problems.
It means facilitating community consensus about root causes and implementing their solutions. Radical Listening is not a one time intervention, but an iterative process that continuously improves programs over time. It offers a simple but holistic and effective approach to problems like poverty and environmental degradation. Through radical listening, communities will own, build, and sustain the solutions they design.
If scaled, these solutions can produce amazing results in human development, conservation, or CSR initiatives. In fact, we’ve seen great interest in our radical listening methodology around the world – recognized more and more for its application across public and private sectors and we are teaching clients all over the world how to practice radical listening with communities.
The intended outcome of this component of the course is to grow the impact of participants working on planetary health challenges, by focusing on how to facilitate community-designed solutions. Our trainers will guide participants in exploring the theory and practice of Radical Listening, and participants will leave with the following skills:
- Organizing and conducting radical listening meetings,
- Practicing active listening,
- Navigating potential pitfalls,
- Consensus building methodologies for community-led programming
- Developing effective probing questions for their own organizations and interventions
Recognize the importance of grassroots initiatives and the need for participation and ownership of most-affected groups.
Planetary Health Principle: Organizing and Movement Building
We believe that communities know the root causes and therefore the solutions to their social and environmental problems. Participants learn how Radical Listening can have a transformative impact on international development programs, and conservation initiatives.
- Literature Review: Participatory Methods. Health In Harmony
- Healing the world through ‘radical listening’: Q&A with Dr. Kinari Webb. Castano, J. (2020), Mongabay.
- Radical Listening: Harnessing the Power of Empathy in Conversation. Karak, M. (2020), Rare Center for Behavior and Environment.
- Solutions exist to the crisis of global warming and the collapse of nature: We just have to listen. Webb, K. and Jennings, J. (2019) on Salon Webpage.
- Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing from meeting hosted by Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice
- Asset Based Community Development
- Behavior Change for Nature: A Behavioral Science Toolkit for Practitioners. Center for Behavior and the Environment (2019).
- Radical Listening Training video by Dr. Kinari Webb (coming soon)
- Powerpoint Slides Radical Listening Training