|Students in deliberation in a
CommonAction issue analysis activity.
- Divide your large group into small groups of 3-4 participants.
- Start by having participants identify a single issue they care about from your goals. Give them a few minutes to come to consensus.
- Ask each group to write that issue across the top of a sheet of flip chart paper.
- Participants should separate that paper into four quadrants by drawing lines along the length and width of the paper.
- Give them 5 minutes to brainstorm what some of the positives to working further on this issue are, and writing those in the upper left-hand box.
- Then, have them brainstorm what some of the negatives or challenges are, and take notes in the upper right-hand box.
- Have participants use the lower left-hand box to brainstorm some of the ways this issue can bring people within the group and outside the group together.
- Then use the lower right-hand box to write down some of the ways this issue can divide people.
- Finally, using a different sheet of paper, ask participants to write down their conclusion about whether or not to pursue this issue, and several reasons that support their response. Each group should present their findings to the larger group, and open the floor to critical feedback.