What is the vision of UISCE?
"To understand our story, and how it connects with today, to equip us to purposefully shape tomorrow."
UISCE is based in Ireland, an especially scenic island, possessing many beautiful landscapes. It offers much to explore and enjoy and from which much learning can be gained; from pre-Christian, through early-Christian periods right up to the present day. It has a rich culture and often turbulent history that comprises seemingly intractable conflict.
Similar to the way that water can transform the greatest obstacle, a central value of UISCE is to encourage the adoption of a willingness to engage with obstacles, or “resistance”. When a person or organisation sets out to achieve an objective it often can encounter opposition or “resistance”. The response to such resistance usually follows one of two routes, viz. “fight” or “flight”. In other words, the challenges or resistances encountered will either be opposed or avoided. UISCE encourages a third response as defined in the following statement, Transforming Resistance*:
"Resistance is often perceived as a negative. However, resistances are co-created by the System and it's participants: To create space for, and to protect the integrity of sub-systems, roles and person. As such, resistance is often an untapped resource and should therefore not be opposed by rejection, but rather sensitively and creatively explored as a transformative dynamic".
*An outcome of the Grubb UK Conference 2011 .