Citizenship and DemocracyIdentity and CommunityOrganizing and ActivismSocial and Political ChangeSpeech and Expression
Education, Higher Education, Local Communities
What Kind of Times Are These - Rich, Adrienne
One Time / Stand-Alone
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A group of faculty, students and community members at and around University of Chicago
- The object was really complex and the participants really respected the work so we were able to get a lot out of it.
- Co-facilitating went well -- we communicated before and during the conversation
- Opening and closing questions went over well
- The questions kept going after the dialogue ended
- People said they really appreciated it
- Implication was easily found and discussed
- Conversation didn't flow at first but it slowly built as people got connected to the text
- Could have asked more questions and controlled the conversation a little better (woven it together more)
- Could have trusted the silence more than we did
Yes -- after setting the expectations and the tone of the discussion, we did introductions (name, year in school/organizational affiliation) and had the participants break into pairs and and share: "What is something you feel responsible for?" After that, we passed out our image and asked the participants to give the image a title (group share).
- What do the trees signify?
- What does it mean to disappear?
- What's going on in the third stanza? (context)
- Why won't the speaker share where the place is?
- Why is it necessary to talk about trees?
- What is the speaker trying to accomplish by having us listen?
- Who is behind the buying, selling, and disappearnces?
- What does civic responsibility mean?
- What is our civic responsibility?
- How do we hold each other accountable for affecting social change?
- How do you give people a voice?
- What is the difference between noticing and acting?
Yes we did: "What will you take away from this conversation?"