The logic which underpins this toolkit is called the Respect Process. The Respect Process has been tested in different contexts around the world. In summary it works like this: Through building our confidence and self-awareness and valuing different perspectives (I AM) we can have better conversations with people who are different from us (YOU ARE) which leads to a deeper understanding of the issues and opportunities that exist in our schools, communities and workplaces (WE ARE) which in turn motivates insightful actions and collaboration, transforming the spaces and places we live in (CHANGE) Respect means recognising a person’s humanity and treating them with dignity even when they’re different from you or you don’t agree with them. We are experiencing respect when:
- We know it’s okay to express who we are
- We feel safe and able to talk about our needs and wants
- We feel motivated to learn and share with each other equitably, even when we disagree
- We are not controlling other people’s choices
- We are helping to foster safe, just and equitable relationships in the home, the workplace and society.
KEY WORD: RESPECT