While at the Washington State Penitentiary this past week, one of the inmates shared an acronym that he uses in his daily life. It is a powerful guide for those of us who do creative social practice work within communities.
R - Relax
E - Explore
S - Smile (welcome people in and accept them)
P - Participate (engage fully)
E - Evaluate (assess your impact)
C - Compensate (adjust based on your evaluation)
T - Teach (share what you learn)
Shared with his permission. By request, he remains anonymous.