Goals and Objectives:
14 Black Poppies focuses on being and not doing. This means that for our activities, we let them be. We do not have a goal other than the process. Through this approach, we are able to cultivate intentions and insights as they develop rather than trying to conform to an objective.
Individual Timed Writing:
Pass out an ample amount of Post-it note to each person. Have everyone write as many NOUNS that they can think of in 2 minutes, one word to a Post-it. (Alternatively, if the group is large, have each person write a limited number, such as five words.) Collect NOUNS and set in a pile.
Have everyone write as many VERBS that they can think of in 2 minutes. Collect VERBS and set in another pile.
Have everyone write as many ADJECTIVES and ADVERBS that they can think of in 2 minutes. Collect ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS and set in another pile.
Ask for three volunteers or choose three people to take turns putting up the words for all to see. Each person reads the words aloud while sticking them to the wall.
Have one person stick all the NOUNS in one area of the wall. Have another stick up all the VERBS in another area or another wall. Have a third person put up all the ADJECTIVES/ADVERBS.
After all the words are up on the wall, encourage the group to put together PROVERBS, changing tenses and adding articles and particles as needed.
Take time to read each PROVERB aloud and have a casual discussion about the meaning of the PROVERBS.
If time permits, encourage the group to try and craft one PROVERB from all of the individual proverbs.
14 Black Poppies uses the ORID debriefing methodology developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs to make meaning out experiences, data and exercises. ORID stands for: Objective, Reflective, Interpretive, Decisional. It is a sequence of asking questions to move from "just the facts" to "now what".
14 Black Poppies will be compiling an ORID Overview that will be made available at a future date. It will include a more detailed description of each phase in the inquiry sequence as well as sample questions you can use. Please check back soon for more information.