Open Narrating Space

From Community Narrations

Aims of the Activity

The "Open Narrating Space" is a methodology combining Open Space Technology and autobiographical and storytelling methodologies. Aim of this methodology is to facilitate the community to share experiences, ideas, and develop proposals.

Resources, Materials needed

Markers, posters, colored sheets in A4 and A5 format, paper tape. In terms of venue, we need a space with several rooms or a big open space with the possibility to create several work spaces."

Duration in minutes

From 180 till 360 minutes

Step-by-step - what has to be done

"The methodology is composed by several actions and phases:

Action 1 – Preparation

- Identification of issues and objectives on which the community intends to work with. This can be accomplished in various ways such as: widespread questionnaire; interviews with community leaders; etc.

- Logistic organization of the activity. - Educational organization: identify and give instructions to the facilitators, prepare the space for carrying out the activities.

Action 2 - Actuation The realization of the Open Narrating Space activity, that includes several phases:

- Phase 1 - reception, and group building activities. - Phase 2 – group meeting, important to share the aim of the activityies and the methodology used. This phase is useful to give insights to understand where are the issues that the community is facing, and on concepts and experiences that can be inspiration to find out possible solutions.

Phase 3 - Co-construction sharing spaces. Participants find several spaces already organized. A space for each work theme. In each space there is a banner with the question - key topic and three columns:

- Personal experiences related to the key question - Proposals - Operational actions

Each group has of one or more facilitators. Participants are free to move from one topic to another, according to the ""law of two feet"". Whenever a participant intends to speak- the following procedure will follow:

Let's read what has been written and attached to the banner, and let's listen to the raised discussion; - I reflect, and I write my contributions legibly (in block letters with characters large enough and with markers on post-it), for each of the questions I will use a post-it; a post-it for each content. - I explain my contribution

Phase 4 - the facilitator of each group, together with the present participants,, collect the emerged contributions in order to create categories that collect them.

Various working groups are created on the basis of the operational proposals that came out.

Phase 5 - The facilitators of each key issue present the results that emerged. The group shares proposals and impressions and evaluate the activities.

Action 3 - Put into practice The created working groups act to achieve results. The community periodically meets to share the implementation process.

Learning Outcomes - which skills are adressed?

Main expected learnings, with respect to the community, are:

- the ability to remember and tell their story in relation to their belonging in the community;

- awareness of individual resources and of the community as a whole;

- the ability to reflect on the transformations of the community and the environment where the community lives, and to develop proposals for the improvement of the quality of life, the community and the wider environment where the community lives;

- the ability to cooperate and create a final product, containing reflections and proposals. "

How do you check the outcomes are reached?

Verification of outcomes is linked to several factors: - the direct participation of the members of the community, through their stories and proposals; - the effectiveness of the products made as a result.

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