A simple method which helps us to stop, stand back from a situation and reflect on it before we jump in and take action. This process helps us to develop critical judgement about situations, events and structures. Often the three stages overlap and intermingle. Click on each word to learn more.
- What is happening?
- Who are the people involved?
- Who gains from this situation? Who loses?
- What is the situation doing to people?
- Why is it happening? Why does it continue?
- How do you feel about this situation?
- Have you ever behaved or acted like anyone in the situation? If so, what happened? Why? How did you and/or those involved feel?
- What do you think should be happening?
- What does your faith say about it?
- What does our Vincentian Tradition say about it?
- What can we do to bridge the gap between what is happening (the reality) and what should be happening (the ideal/what our faith says)?
- What action are we going to take?
- Who can we involve in our action?
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