Paung Ku accepts that social change is complex, and that there is no simple equation to follow in achieving positive change. That is why our work is guided by the process of reflective learning, which is summarised in the following diagram:
Paung Ku staff use this model to help each other, and to help partners, reflect on what they want to change and why; how change might be brought about; who should be involved, when, and where.
Starting from experience then reflecting on underlying issues (such as power dynamics and inequity of access to resources) before moving on to planning and action sounds simple, but takes a lot of skill and patience. It also requires relationships of trust and mutual respect.
We strive to apply reflective learning in all of our interactions, from informal conversations to planning meetings or multi-day workshops involving large numbers of people responding to an issue requiring positive social change.