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Participation Exercises

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Stuff you can try  This document contains 19 activities that can form the building blocks of a social action project or session.  The suggested activities, of course, are just that—suggestions. You should not feel restricted to using these activities, nor should you feel as if you must use them exactly as they are.  A key to facilitating Social Action work is to get to know your group and what they want to achieve; then you can adopt, adapt, develop or create exercises which will help them meet their goals.  The central principle behind these activities is that Social Action workers are not leaders, but facilitators.  In Social Action activities, the content comes from the group. As a facilitator, you are trying to create a process that enables a group to identify the issues and concerns that they face, to understand why these exist, explore how they can take action to change things, take that action and reflect on what has happened in a cyclical process. All the activities in this section are designed with this in mind: to enable the people you work with to provide the content of Social Action, to facilitate them in talking about the things that are important in their lives, help them analyse why things are this way and consider how they can take action to change things.

This is an extract from Writing for Change- boosting literacy and learning through social action edited by Kristina Berdan, Ian Boulton, Elyse EIdman-Aadahl, Jennie Fleming, Launie Gardner, Iana Rogers, and Asali Solomon

Sticky Wall Matrix: The aim is to map the range of approaches to active involvement being used in the organisation and to gauge how participative they are and to then plan how to develop these.