Module: Module 4 Planning Social Action

Duration: 90 minutes

Social Development Theme: Social Enterprise


This activity uses the World Café activity approach. It builds skills in project planning and management.

Learning outcomes

Skills in project planning and management – agenda setting. Skills in project planning and management – understanding stakeholder analysis.

Preparations and materials

Set the room up like a café with tables with chairs around them and refreshments.

Note to Facilitator:

Tables should not seat more than 10 people or have fewer than four people attending. With this in mind, for groups of 30 it is recommended to have between four and seven tables. This of course depends on the number of social action groups.

  1. It’s important to have a clear purpose when using World Café, this might be to engage in dialogue, or generate ideas and solutions. Remember though, participants should set the agenda.
  2. In World Café you need to find questions that matter to those participating. See Crafting good questions. Good questions are simple and clear, thought provoking, challenge people and their assumptions, generate energy, keep people focused, continuously open up new ideas and possibilities.
  3. Brainstorm the questions the group want to explore. Some of the group may want to look at opportunities for sharing and learning in the group or begin talking about social actions, others may want a dialogue on a difficult issue.
  4. Make the wording neutral and vote on which are the three to six subjects that participants want to discuss (make sure each subject has at least five people who are interested in discussing it).

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