This methodology has been developed by a group of educators, academics and civil society actors. This is an ongoing process that you are warmly invited to take part in!



Version A (generic):

a) that each individual brings valid knowledge to the open space (everyone is a pot of knowledge!)

b) that this knowledge deserves respect (everyone should have the right to express themselves without fear of being ‘looked down’ by others and should be committed to listening to others with respect)

c) that all knowledge is related to who you are and where you come from (we construct the lenses we look through at the world in our contexts and interactions with others)

d) that all knowledge is partial and incomplete (we all see the world through different lenses that continuously change and there are no universally better or clearer lenses)

e) that all knowledge can and should be questioned through dialogue (we should engage critically with actions, thoughts and beliefs of both ourselves and others as we need different lenses – other perspectives - to challenge and transform our own views).

Version B (used in teacher education/HE):

1. That every individual brings to the space valid and legitimate knowledge constructed in their own contexts
We look at the world through lenses constructed in a complex web in our contexts, influenced by several external forces (cultures, media, religions, education, upbringing), internal forces (personality, reactions, conflicts) and encounters and relationships. The image these lenses project represent our knowledge of ourselves and of the world and therefore, whether they are close or far from what is considered ‘normal’, they have a history and their validity needs to be acknowledged within the space

2. That all knowledge is partial and incomplete
As our lenses are constructed in specific contexts, we lack the knowledge constructed in other different contexts and therefore we need to listen to different perspectives in order to see/imagine beyond the boundaries of our own lenses

3. That all knowledge can be questioned
Critical engagement in the project is defined as the attempt to understand where perspectives are coming from and where they are leading to (origins and implications). Therefore, questioning is not an attempt to break the lenses (to destroy or de-legitimise perspectives), but to sharpen and broaden the vision.

Version C (used in secondary schools):

- No one should feel left out
- There should be a good atmosphere
- No one should tell you what you should think
- No one - not even the teacher - has all the answers
- Everyone should attempt to do their best in relation to the three key challenges: staying focused, thinking hard and working as a team

Version D:

We accept that we all have knowledge to share and we continue to learn all our lives, we all know different things in different ways according to our experience and that we are ready to interrogate our assumptions and the implications of our perpectives.