Materials and Preparation needed:
Pictures of Activists: See Appendix
Ask the participants to form a group circle, sitting down with chairs spaced evenly. The Facilitator stands in the middle.
When the Facilitator calls:
- MOVE! - everyone moves one place to the left
- MOVE! MOVE! - everyone moves 2 places to the right
- MOVE! MOVE! MOVE! - everyone moves to a different seat in the circle, just not theseat beside them.
Practice each of the moves individually first.
Once rules are established and played, the Facilitator takes a seat i.e. another person isleft without one! Do this a few times.
Next time the person left in the middle must talk about a random topic given to themby the others. Keep it simple and general e.g. bananas / sport / trees / etc. The person inthe middle can call one of the "moves" any time and try to get a seat back.
Encourage Participants to make eye-contact with the listeners who can also ask questions.
Play the game with participants doing a re-cap of Human Rights knowledge they have learned to date. The person in the middle can mention anything they remember e.g. aright / a quote / etc.
The facilitator then starts using specific new words and asking 'what do we mean by?':
Again the person in the middle will give their thoughts on the word, but it can developinto a group discussion. Ideas can be written on the flip chart.
Note for Facilitator
We are addressing words that matter.
The Facilitator says 'Now let’s get more specific about the words Purpose and Passion.'
What do they mean?
Purpose: The reason why something is done/created.
What was our purpose for the Kickstarter workshops? Discuss.
Passion: It empowers people to believe they can. It creates the energy to deliver.
When you combine purpose and passion together – You unlock a potential you neverknew you had.
‘Purpose fuels passion fuels purpose’
Question: Who are the people you know that have purpose and passion?
- The people you know personally?
- In your country?
Now place Activist Pictures on the ground (See Appendix)
- What do we know about these activists? Their journeys?
- What did they endure?
- What did they survive?
- What did they contribute? What was their legacy?
We are getting a universal view of the HR campaigners. Their advocacy.
- How might they have influenced us?
- Did the activists influence each other?
Their words and their actions had influence on each other. They built on each other’slegacies.
Tell the group: 'Let’s be more specific and go back to a moment in time, where therewere specific words, a specific action and a specific result.'
Focus on the picture of Rosa Parks. Explain what she did: In Alabama 1955, she refusedto give up her seat because of her perceived lower status as a black woman.
Explain: One person stepped up by sitting down. She had enough. She was tired, forherself and for others.
One person’s stand
on defending her self
Universal advocacy through the civil rights movement
She influenced Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which had acolossal influence.
What does ' Advocate' mean?
A person who publicly supports or recommends a particular policy.
What does '
It means public support for our recommendation of a particular cause or policy.
Self-advocacy can lead to universal advocacy - calling others to action, like Rosa Parks. Rosa - her words and actions had purpose and influence.
Let’s talk about words and their influence:
What was her action?
She sat - she refused to get up. Her action was powerful.
What did she say?
She said “Nah” (NO)
Tell the participants the following scenario :
A security guard won’t let a young person into a store because they are wearing ahoodie / track suit bottoms / runners.
Note: The description of what the character is wearing can be adjusted depending onthe group.
In pairs, participants decide who is the security guard and who is the young person. Allpairs, at the same time act out the scenario. The young person wants to be let in, thesecurity guard is refusing to let them in. See what happens.
After they have role-played for a couple of minutes, ask the pairs how the scenariodeveloped for them.
Was the young person able to gain entry? Were they listened to? Were they persuasive?
How can a person be persuasive andstand up for oneself?
- Choose words wisely no matterwhat perspective you take i.e. thesecurity guard is defending theirdecision too
- Be articulate
- Have good body language, gestures,facial expressions
- Use an appropriate tone of voice
The participants can try the exercise again, this time being more conscious of thesuggestions above. They can also try it using only one word at a time to show thepower of choosing their words. Time and confidence permitting, encourage a pair orsome pairs to show their scenes.
One word / intent can become a bigger statement. Choosing words wisely is crucialwhen we advocate for others.
Refer back to the Human Rights activists pictures.
Ask the group 'Now where are we in all this?'
Place the previously taken group photo in amongst them.
they are activists too – Everyday Activists.
Reflect and congratulate the group, telling them they have one more workshop left. They perform their Communal Greeting.