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Highlights Reel

Posted by Betsy McCall from Art Monastery Project


 TARGET GROUP

Group size

2 - 500

Is participant experience relevant?

It's okay if participants haven't seen the inside of a classroom in years.

Physical trust needed

Mental trust needed

 REQUIREMENTS

Duration

10 minutes - 60 minutes

Experience level of the facilitator

self explanatory, no experience needed

Number of facilitators

1

Location requirements

A comfortable, quiet space

 CHARACTER OF THE  METHOD

Level of activation

neutral

Hidden curriculum

This integration method can be soothing and healing, acknowledging the many ups and downs in projects and programs. It can also be a group bonding activity, as the emotional quality can really vary. It can also inspire gratitude and a larger view of what the group has accomplished.

Woo-Woo Level - How touchy-feely is this method?

From 1.Rationalist-Materialist "No feelings here, folks." to 5.Esoteric-Shamanic Bleeding Heart:

Innovation Phases:

9 Evaluation

Method Category:

Appreciative / Community building
Awareness raising
Ceremony / Ritual
Closer
Group communication
Harvesting
Reflection
Team Building / Trust Building

SHORT DESCRIPTION

The act of group remembering, looking back over a just-completed workshop or project, can be a bonding way of synthesizing an experience, particularly one that is complicated.

ALTERNATIVE NAME OF THE METHOD

Closing Review, Remembering

 BACKGROUND

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

The act of group remembering, looking back over a just-completed workshop or project, can be a bonding way of synthesizing an experience, particularly one that is complicated.

ORIGINAL SOURCE

Art Monastery Project

 STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

1 Introduction

Invite everyone to sit in a circle. This can serve as part of a closing ceremony or as the whole of a closing ceremony after a project, workshop, or program. The idea is that as a group you take a set amount of time up to an hour to simply remember what has happened. Encourage people to offer memory snapshots, short scenes of moments that stand out to you. These can be highs, lows, difficult, uplifting, powerful or fun moments. Anything that stands out to you can be shared. As you hear other people's memories, others may be sparked in you. You can speak as many times as you like, but be aware if you've spoken many times and others haven't spoken very much at all.



HARVEST

Either when the allotted time has been reached or the group has come to a quiet place of completion, thank the group for their participation. You may choose to point out the varied memories and the richness and complexity of the group experience. You can offer to people that they may informally continue this group remembering but that the exercise is officially completed.

 FURTHER INFORMATION


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