The activities and approaches in this section are designed to build on the ones found in your toolkit. They will help you to explore the social development themes in more depth. 

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4.15 Conflict-sensitive Social Action – Force-field Analysis Tool

Participants are introduced to the force-field analysis tool: a conflict analysis tool that can be used consider the interaction between a social action and peace and conflict dynamics in the community. By focusing on the overall goal or purpose of their social action, they identify positive forces (peace dynamics) and negative forces (conflict dynamics) that might influence the proposed social action and can adapt their action/activities accordingly.

3.27 Research in the Communities – Going Deeper Through Community Reporting (The Arts)

As suggested at the beginning of this module, there are a number of creative tools and techniques that could support participants to explore their communities and look deeper, and with new lenses, at the world they’re living in. One way to do this is through an exercise that turns participants into community journalists, finding out more about the people and the stories that are around them, in order to design and deliver the right kind of social action.

3.26 Community Investigators (The Arts)

The activity encourages participants to notice what’s new and to see parts of their communities they might not have seen before, or at least see some parts differently. Throughout the toolkit we’re offering participants tools to help reconnect with themselves and the world around them, and to explore how they perceive the communities they’re living in. As a technique, this probably works best in urban areas where the workshop is being delivered in the participants’ own community, but it could be adapted to use the workshop space to represent aspects of the community.

3.24 The Actual to the Ideal through Image Theatre (The Arts)

The exercise uses image theatre to support participants to identify some of the issues in their communities or the challenges that they’re facing. It looks at what’s happening now and then what the world/community might look like without that problem. It then encourages participants to analyse what needs to happen to move from the current situation (the actual) to the ideal situation. This activity could be used after some community investigating has taken place and once the issues have been identified.