The facilitator will explain how we often pre-judge others before we really know them. When we don’t know the people in our community or school very well, it is easy to make false assumptions. This activity will help us to better understand and appreciate the diversity of others.
The activity begins with the participants sitting in a circle, facing inward. The facilitator will pose a question to the entire group. Each participant will answer as honestly as possible, with only a one or two word response.The facilitator reminds participants that they always have the right to pass if the activity becomes uncomfortable.
Using the Facilitator Handout, the facilitator asks a series of questions with the questions gradually becoming more personal.
Note to Facilitator: It is a good idea to vary the intensity level of the questions (i.e. after an extremely personal question, ask a lighter, less intense question). Be sure to end the activity with a light, upbeat question.
After the questions have been asked, the facilitator helps the participants make the transition from an individual perspective to that of a community focus.
This might be a good time for the facilitator to talk about empathy and compassion. As the participants get to know more about the community and/or organization, they will be able to see more ways to impact the common good and become more thoughtful and intentional about what they do. This ties the activity closer to the definition of philanthropy.