Using a statment to introduce creative activism

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Handouts with the statement you will use. A large paper with the statement and pens.
This method aims to reflect about creative activism using a statement as a starting point for further discussion.

"If we want to change the society we need to unleash our imaginations, take creative risks, and explore new forms of communicating besides the lecture and the press release. Our events or actions should feed the soul as well as the brain, and we should laugh and celebrate even as we speak the truth. 

Jim Hightower"

Depending on the size of the group, give a copy of the statement to each participant or small group. Give them some minutes to read it. Ask the people to decide if this statement fits with their idea of creative activism. Analyze the different parts of the statement together, asking participants to express their opinion about it. For example: The first affirmation in this statement is, "If we want to change the society we need to unleash our imaginations." Some examples of questions you can ask to intimate reflection could be: What do you mean with unleash our imaginations? Do you think this is necessary to create social change? Why? Does someone want to share an example of an action that unleashed their imagination? etc...

After the discussion, put the poster with the statement in a visible place in the room. Ask participants to think of the statement, using it to define creative activism. Add or delete aspects they think are missing or which are not needed it in this definition. Discuss in the full group each proposal before adding it to the poster. Make sure the changes to the statement are easy to read.

The activity finishes when the group does not want to add or change anything.

For groups bigger than ten people we recommend to divide them in small groups and give each group one copy of the statement. In this case the first part of analysis will be done in small groups, leaving the reconstruction of the initial definition for the big group. It is also possible to use multiple statements.