This is the second part of a longer process of a village creating activity. In this part participants have to create the figures / characters of the village, who will work together in organisations. At the end of this workshop, they will organise a “village day”.
This method was developed by Julcsi Szabó (community developer, project manager) through community development studies and during her EVS. Julcsi works as a coordinator at InSite Drama, and in the field of youth development at a theatre in Budapest. Her goal is creating an environment where youth can feel safety and security to play, act, create and develop themselves.
The aims of this activity are raising awareness of the importance of local people and focusing on the opportunities they can have just by being there and seeing their own needs and putting them into words. The focus is also on using their voice by working together, listening to each other and preparing something together.
Structure of the process:
In the second part we already have a basic knowledge about how we would build a village, what our aims are while we are working together. Now we have to be active citizens of the community, so we can find our own positions in the activity, no matter what our job is, if we have a good idea, we can win the votes of others.
1. Important figure:
The players are faced with a new task: let’s create an important figure of the village: the head of the sports centre, the director of the house of culture, the school principal, the head of the kindergarten, the head of the health centre, the municipal guardian, the social worker who helps disadvantaged families, the manager of civic issues
> Let’s find the strength of each person! (10 minutes)
> The local school organises a career choice day, and each one of them is asked to have a
short promotional video about their own job. Let’s work in pairs and create our speech, make the video and give the presentation together.
(appr. 20 minutes preparation + presentation)
2. What kind of associations are there in
the village? What field do they work in?
> Each organisation has the opportunity to work with a local company. Let’s have a brainstorming session together, or in a smaller group and find out who can cooperate with whom, and why you choose that company. (The amount of support is the same everywhere, it is not possible to decide based on financial matters.)
What kind of programme can they launch that
will benefit both parties? (20 minutes)
3. Let’s organise the Village Day(s) with the people of the community
(created during the 1st part of this whole processin GoodWillage 1.1)! It has to be made up of local forces: What kind of programmes will be invented? How long does the Village Day(s) take? Which specialist will be involved in the organisation? (Do the local companies support the event? How? Do local important figures (from the first
task of today) actively support the event? How? (15-20 minutes preparation + presentation)
4. Don’t forget to keep all the materials for the last part of the process!
The group can think and actively prepare themselves in connection with one of the most serious problems today: ageing villages and rural unemployment, and they can define how sustainability could work in their lives, and how they can creatively work together in their everyday lives and during projects.
(see GoodWillage 1.1)
I suggest creating groups with no more than 8 participants.
Written by: Julcsi Szabó, InSite Drama, Hungary