Back in Finland before our trip, we started to talk about having a workshop with the community members while in Uxuxubí. Since we didn’t really know how the community was organized, we waited to plan it there and then. During the last weeks before the field trip, we were able to at least prepare what we wanted to get out of a possible workshop, who we thought could participate and what material we could need.
The result was this mindmap:
During our stay in Uxuxubí, we started to talk about having a presentation for them instead, during our last day. The presentation would tell them what we had been up to during our week there and share our observations and findings. When we began to actually plan the presentation, it developed to a half presentation, half workshop kind of event. We really wanted to hear the community members’ opinions and still get some more information while presenting what we had done so far.
Answers to the questions we had thought of in Finland (the mindmap) had actually come up already during the week, so in the workshop we could go further to get even more information e.g. about their hopes for the future. Keeping it simple was important, as we had decided to keep the whole community together for the workshop without dividing into smaller groups. With around 20 people, it was possible to keep the groups as a whole, which was nice.
It was fun to prepare a workshop completely by hand. Our tools were paper and pens, no PowerPoints or Prezzies here. I just wish I would be better at drawing, as it would have been nice to draw instead of having to write everything. But I did my best to at least do some illustrations, although my effort to draw a crocodile mainly created laughter! It didn’t make it to the presentation…
We couldn’t really know who would actually show up for our small event since we didn’t personally invite everyone. We just hoped for the best. I was so happy to see that almost every one of the inhabitants came, and on time. Also some community members who don’t live in Uxuxubí permanently were there.
We began our workshop by asking everyone to mark their favorite place on the map that Lawrence had drawn. This gave such a great start to the whole workshop, as everyone understood from the beginning that this will be an interactive workshop, not a traditional presentation from our side.
After this ice-breaker the rest of the presentation went on quite smoothly: