In this section we explore Community Renewal’s listening conversation. This methodology opens up a conversation on the doorstep which explores a person’s experience of living in that neighbourhood. Unlike research, the process is geared towards engaging the person in some form of activity that will enhance their individual quality of life or the quality of life of a group or of the whole community.
In this section we will look at two listening conversation case studies, Susan, an artist who is suffering from anxiety and agoraphobia and Azra, a young muslim woman who is the subject of racial abuse in her neighbourhood.
In this listening conversation, two Community Renewal staff knock on the door of Susan to ask her about her experience of living in the area. As the conversation deepens Susan reveals that she has been suffering from anxiety and has trouble leaving the house. A follow up Holistic Assessment is arranged for a few days time. See Susan Holistic Assessment video below.
People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!