The facilitator sets the mood by having spaced-theme or futuristic music in the background. Soundtracks from Star Wars/Star Trek movies might be appropriate.
The facilitator asks the participants to close their eyes and asks the following questions, giving the participants time to think about each one before moving on to the next one.
Each person is given 3-5 balloons and a permanent marker. Facilitator asks them to blow up the balloons and tie a knot in the end, then tell the participants to draw pictures, symbols or words on their balloon that represent their vision for their community in ten years.
The facilitator asks the participants to share one or two things about their community vision with the group. Each of these might be written on a flipchart. Participants spend some time reflecting on the visions and considering any additional items to add to the vision.
Ask them to tie their balloons together in pairs. They then are to bring the pairs and tie them close together in a bunch to a piece of string, yarn, or ribbon. The idea is to have it look like a very colorful “space station” when the balloons are all tied together. You can use your imagination here.
Divide the participants into groups of 4 or 5. Ask each person to discuss the following questions in their small group.
After each person has had time to share in response to the questions in small group, facilitator might want to ask for a few responses from the groups which give an overview of what was discussed.