During the social projects that Raízes designs and executes, we work with human development, with training people beyond technical skills. This happens in the phases of formation, of inspiration – as we call it. This is because one thing we consider extremely important, beyond professionalizing stages, is that people who have their own business and others involved are included in psychosocial skills training, to deal with uncertainties, for example.
This need is enhanced precisely by the entrepreneurial profile, which is most of those impacted by the performance of our social business. In addition to that, we work together – as most of our projects create and/or strengthen networks, associations, cooperatives. Therefore, developing and dealing with human skills are essential to understand at all times, that we are within a system.
The systemic view is that each person has a role and occupies a place in that project, that business. This understanding of roles, of the place giving space for things to develop in the best way, is one of the factors that contributes to the projects’ success in the long run. From this look at people, at the needs of each one, at how people behave and how they can support each other, this is when things happen.
This is where what we call Systemic Development comes in.
Every person must be considered in all aspects
When starting to work in the territory, besides the professional side, we also observe the conditions of the beneficiaries in relation to health, education and family contexts. We understand that, for a successful action, each person must be considered in all aspects. This is the transversal step of the entire project that we call Systemic Development, which considers that a person’s life is interrelated with their projects and dreams and interdependent with other people who share them.
And why worry about it? Because it substantially contributes to the quality of life of these people. Over the months, we realize that the course of actions itself often contributes to improvements in mental health. We receive a lot of reports about the decrease in the use of antidepressants, more motivation for aspects involving the project and life in general, among others. A qualitative opinion which is extremely valuable to us.
This is part of our human and systemic development strategy. As a methodology, after the initial stages of mapping and defining project beneficiaries and designing strategies, we use deep listening techniques, eventually group constellation and other diverse methods, combined with collaborative development.