Gwen’s review of week 1 at Edventure
Week – One – Day One!
Our first day at Edventure and with a new group of nine people we spent the first day getting to know one another. Our first task was to pair up and write a list of assumptions about the other person, questions like ‘what type of music do they like, and ‘what was their family background like’ … which led to some interesting and often surprising results. It really highlighted how easy t is to assume so much about a person first hand, but when you get to know them often a whole other story emerges. In the afternoon we took part in an exercise called the ‘river of life’, a story of our lives highlighting the key moments that led us to Edventure, a great tool to get to know each other and team building. By the end of the day we all felt so much closer and not at all like a new group of people coming together. Great stuff!
We visited several projects in Bristol including Hamilton House and the City Farm exploring different social enterprises this way really helped inspire us with our own project. We also got opportunities to discuss what is possible in regards to our own food waste project with the people running each project.
On day three we looked at our qualities and how they can become our pitfalls when pushed too far, it was an interesting exercise in perception and many insights gained. Afterwards we looked at what happens when we step out of our comfort zone, push our boundaries and the potential that is possible as a result.
Helen Moore facilitated a session about consensus decision making and with Neil we explored the essential ingredients in making a successful team. In the afternoon we got to try out the consensus decision making method for ourselves, through setting our ground rules for the group. We also looked into reflective practice as a method of insuring the group and project is always evolving in the right direction. In the afternoon we made a vision board which involved cutting various pictures or words out of magazines and making a poster with them, a very interesting creative way of holding a vision and reflecting later on whether the vision came alive!
End of the first week! So much happened and so much inspiration!