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Learning & Commitment

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Participants reflect on the process and experience of the workshop and how learnings can be applied in their professional lives.


This activity invites participants to identify what they learned, both in terms of process and content of the workshop. They discuss how they can transfer new insights and skills to other settings and explicitly define one thing they will commit to doing differently as a result of the workshop. As an option, this commitment can be made specifically to other beings or to future generations. This is a crucial phase and enough time should be reserved in the workshop structure.

Variation: Postcards

Participants can also make their commitments in the form of a postcard, either to themselves, to another being, or to future generations. Postcards can either be taken home, or mailed to people later.

Variation: Yes..and

Use the process described in “Yes, and...” to capture collective learning.


  1. Invite participants to individually reflect on their learning experience. Guiding questions can be: Were you surprised by something? Is there anything you are grateful for, that you wish to share? Can you think of one lesson learnt today that you might apply to your life/work? What might be a challenge to applying insights or new skills? How could you overcome that? They can write down their reflections or graphically sketch them on a piece of paper;
  2. Share reflections within the group;
  3. Next, ask people to write down one concrete thing that they could commit to changing as a result of what they learned during the workshop. The commitment could be addressed to themselves, their colleagues, a place, a non-human entity, or future generations;
  4. (optional) Ask people to write the commitment on a postcard, addressed to their audience and signed;
  5. (optional) Postcards can be decorated and (if being sent in the mail) filled out with people’s addresses;
  6. Share commitments with the group, using the first person (e.g. “I commit to...” ).

Place on U
5 - 20 minutes
Materials Needed

Pen and paper; postcards; index cards and decoration materials (optional); flipcharts/posters (optional).

Decision Making
Deep Time
Human-Nature Connection
Care & Empathy
Tip and Experiences

To evoke the memories of the experience in the future, postcards can portray landscapes and landmarks of the place where the workshop takes place, or of another place meaningful to the purpose of the workshop.

Relevant References & Resources

Corcoran, Weakland, & Wals (2017). Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education.

Brookfield & Preskill (2012). Discussion as a Way of Teaching.

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