The day began with a simple check in to test trust and balance in the group. Everyone put their shoulders together in the circle and sat on each other’s lap. The first activity of the day was to divide in small groups and choose a house to spend a hour with the person/family who lived there. The purpose was to practice listening, empathy and to hear people’s stories - creating affection and starting friendships.
For the second activity, participants could chose to participate in a workshop on making handicrafts with Izolena or to make farinha and manioc products with Teresinha. Many expressed their joy in learning traditional techniques and loved the opportunity to dive into hands on physical activity.
After lunch the whole group gathered again to share their moments, thoughts and feelings about the morning. The facilitation team used the World Cafe methodology to surface and explore the group’s collective intelligence regarding:
1) What are you learning about Tumbira?
2) How is this shaping your view of sustainable development?
When the World Cafe was finished, the team presented some sheets to support future self organized activities such as participant led presentations, the hosting team for the speakers who would arrive and extra activities.
At the end of the day, facilitators Mauricio Curi and César Matsumoto and quickly introduced themselves to the group. After dinner, there was a fire organized by Cristiano. He began playing the guitar, but in no time new talents were discovered - the vocal and musical stylings of Don, Bia and Arthur.
Visited houses in the community
● Learned the process and stories of making farinha
● Learned the process and stories of making handicrafts
● Surfaced learnings from living in Tumbira
● Surfaced multiple views of sustainable development to create a creative tension
● Learned ideas/definitions from some participant’s experience in sustainable development
● Strengthened relationships with community members.
● Encouraged reflection about community sustainable development.
● Gained experience working in small groups
● Practiced the balance between listening and speaking