Getting started - Group work

getting started pictureA positive way for a group to begin working together doing life story work is outlined below. This can be a useful exercise in introducing the group to some of the issues they will need to consider whilst working together.

Ask the group to think about the following three headings:

  1. Positive reasons to share stories
  2. Things that might come up that might make sharing stories difficult
  3. How to make sharing stories feel safe.

Two other headings could be:

4. The different ways that stories can be shared (i.e. written, voice recording, music, slideshow, video)

5. Where can stories be shared (i.e. conferences, website blogs, book or magazine, teaching session).

See notes on guidelines and personal reflections for some ideas. 

Some things you may want to consider as a group are :

Being clear about the objectives of sharing

  • What are you doing it for?
  • Who you are telling it to?
  • Why you doing it?
  • What’s their agenda?
One way to begin doing life story work with  a group. Is to ask the group to think about the following three headings :

1.Positive reasons to share stories
2.Things that might come up that might make sharing stories difficult
3.How to make sharing stories easier/safer/more appropriate

A fourth heading could be making a list of the different ways that
stories can be shared. This could be split into a few categories i.e. ‘medium’ used (written, voice recording, music, slideshow, video) or platform (i.e. conferences, website blogs, in a book or magazine or in a training session)

With this fourth heading there might be particular issues that might arise for people that help to create the first few lists.

Notes for some ideas for this are :



Knowing Objectives


What doing for
Who you are telling it to
Why you doing it
What’s their agenda

One way to begin doing life story work with a group. Is to ask the group to think about the following three headings :

 

1.Positive reasons to share stories

2.Things that might come up that might make sharing stories difficult

3.How to make sharing stories easier/safer/more appropriate

 

A fourth heading could be making a list of the different ways that

stories can be shared. This could be split into a few categories i.e. ‘medium’ used (written, voice recording, music, slideshow, video) or platform (i.e. conferences, website blogs, in a book or magazine or in a training session)

 

With this fourth heading there might be particular issues that might arise for people that help to create the first few lists.

 

Notes for some ideas for this are :

 

Knowing Objectives

 

What doing for

Who you are telling it to

Why you doing it

What’s their agenda



 

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