This method is intended to empower participants, create trust, and evoke personal narratives and perspectives about their identities using an appreciative inquiry approach.
Participants are asked to describe the activities/tasks, positive qualities, and abilities of another in a group. By asking them to describe another, they can express observations and nuances that they might not feel comfortable sharing when talking about themselves. When used with vulnerable communities that don’t feel confident in their own worth, opinions, and capacities, this activity could be useful to identify what tasks are being done and how. It can be useful to foster collaboration and increase self-esteem.
An alternate version designed by Angela Moriggi of Re-imaginary is called “Beaming Qualities” and involves a small group of 3-5 people. Each person starts by writing their name in the center of a pre-cut bright orange circle. Next, each person writes down three qualities that they appreciate about themselves and 2-3 qualities for each other person. Each quality is then written on a yellow strip of paper and given to the person that it describes. Each person takes all of the qualities and arranges them around the orange circle in the shape of a sunshine. They can be glued to another piece of paper or photographed.
Method contributed by RECOMS (Resourceful and Resilient Communities)
Method inspired by Recoms creative methods seminar and by Angela Moriggi
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