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This is an activity that enables participants to consider their local environment from their perspectives and that of others; and requires them to make limited choices.



115 minutes



A RECORD CARD (A4 card) like this for each participant:




























Flipchart sheets.

Marker pens.

Sheets of coloured dots for voting.




  1. Give each participant a RECORD CARD. Ask them to write in the Neighbourhood Improvements box which group in the community they are considering; the Facilitator may suggest such groups as “Young People”, or “Elders”, or “People with disabilities”, or “Students”, or “Refugees”, depending on the participants and what the focus is of their training programme. The Facilitator may take participants through a pre-determined list of different groups in order to elicit empathy for others, or to produce a wider profile of the neighbourhood.
  2. Individually, participants highlight which 5 improvements should happen in their neighbourhoods; list individuals and/or organisations that might be Allies; identify where Challenges might come from; determine a sequence of Actions; and record any relevant Notes. (15 minutes)
  3. The Facilitator should now arrange the participants into pairs so that they can share their plans. (10 minutes)
  4. Splitting the pairs, create 3 or 4 groups and get participants to share again. Each group produces a list of improvements on a flipchart sheet; the Facilitator encourages the participants to consider amalgamating their suggestions. (20 minutes)
  5. Bring everyone back into a whole group and each group presents their lists before sticking them on the wall. (15 minutes)
  6. Give each participant 10 coloured dots and invite them to vote for their preferred improvements; advise them that they cannot place more than 4 of their dots in favour of any single idea. (10 minutes)


DISCUSSION (25 minutes)

  1. “Did anything seem impossible to achieve?”
  2. “Who has power in your communities?”
  3. “How can you engage in creating power-sharing?”


EVALUATION  (20 minutes)

The Facilitator should encourage every participant to contribute to this section. The ACTIVITY has the potential to engender some emotional responses so the Facilitator needs to be prepared.

Example questions could include:

  1. “Were your choices selfish in favour of you and people like you?” (highlights potential for privilege and bias)
  2. “How easy was it to empathise with the needs of others?”
  3. “How do you feel about the voting process?”
  4. “What persuaded you to vote the way you did?”
  5. “Do you feel that your opinions matter in your community?”
  6. “ How do you feel about the ACTIVITY?”




How would the group use this ACTIVITY in the future and would they make changes? Capture, record, circulate.




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