Presuming competence …

… an antedote for marginalization.

… an ally of equality.

… a tool of peace.

When you believe in a person, you awaken the power of the human spirit. Your belief, when clearly expressed, synchronizes with the desires and dreams of the person, and results in transformation that continues to surprise us in such wonderful ways. All we can do is step back in wonder of the human spirit and the creative Force behind all life.

This is my testimony to 32 years working among those that are marginalized, disregarded, and thrown away as worthless. Working in Special Education and with at risk youth for 28 of those years, I have seen how systems label people as failures and have felt their despair as they believe the messages that they are given. Over the last 4 years, I’ve been able to work with many of those same people to develop self confidence, find their voice, build leadership skills, and watch them go from being strong self advocates to advocates for their peers to advocating for systemic issues of inequality and injustice. They are even being recognized across the state in many ways as making a difference.

I’m here to tell you that every person is competent and will exceed our expectations… if we believe in them.

Continued here: http://ronirvine.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/the-power-of-the-human-sp...

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