In order to anchor a Cooperative Inquiry process an ‘Initiating group’ is set up to launch the enquiry, as far as possible at all levels representing the host community, including relatives and the BCA team of consultant, facilitators and volunteers. The task of this group is described by Heron as three-stranded: to understand and accept the methodology being introduced, so that ‘they can make it their own’; to develop ‘participative decision-making and authentic collaboration so that the enquiry becomes truly cooperative’ to ‘ create a climate in which emotional states can be identified, so that distress and tension aroused by
This article was published in Care Giving in Dementia vol 4 (ed. Bere Miessen and Gemma Jones) Pub. Routledge 2006 and is shared here as a PDF download. BCA and Care-Giving in Dementia
Living Buddhist Conference Article April 2006 This experiential workshop at the 4th Living Buddhist conference was delivered by BCA core team members and we share this article as an insight and record.
In a BCA programme our approach to the arts is based on the premise that we are all artists and not that the arts, as so commonly found in the West, are the exclusive province of a talented and esoteric elite. The artist Frederick Franck provides us with our theme: “..for all that is human we have in common” and creativity is surely a fundamental and vital aspect of that humanity. Art is seen as a means and not an end. Artists are seen, not as special kinds of people, but people are seen as special and different kinds of
Cooperative inquiry is based on the work of John Heron and Peter Reason . Using this method it is assumed that each member of the group has a unique contribution to offer, and it is essential that for the outcome to be complete, all members of the group are involved. The process begins by clarifying the purpose of the programme. A small but comprehensive ‘initiating group’ identifies the aims, objectives and underlying values of the project, and monitors the process throughout the life of the project. Participants are invited from the local community and networks attached to the host organisation. Care is
Scott Peck in The Different Drum describes his own experience of the “isolation and fragmentation that have become the order of the day.” The aim with BCA is to combat the forces which separate people from each other, and disintegrate society. BCA can enable people from differing backgrounds to communicate more effectively, to release their innate creative gifts and enable others in turn to find greater enjoyment. Increasingly in the years since the second world war, divisions have widened between the rich and the poor. In spite of comprehensive education the divide between the private sector and the state system