Just before Christmas I went to a workshop dealing with homelessness and as a group, we did an exercise that I learned a lot from. I was talking to my boss last week about the exercise and told her how I wanted to present the exercise at a team meeting we’re having this week at work. When I sat down the other day to write up some notes for the exercise, I couldn’t quite determine if I’d remembered the exercise correctly – so I thought I’d throw it on my blog and see if I could get a few people to do the exercise. If you want to do the exercise, it’d be a big help to me.
It’s pretty simple – read the following scenario and then, taking 30 seconds or so, jot down the first things that come to your mind. Please be as honest as possible. Then post your thoughts in a comment to this blog, or if you’re not comfortable being public with them, posts your comments anonymously or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You have recently purchased the home of your dreams. It’s a decent size, is in a good neighborhood and backs onto a large field that’s been designated by the city to be developed into a neighborhood park.
One day, you hear on the radio that the city is planning on rezoning the land behind your house and instead of using it for park land, it’s now been designated as the site for a refugee camp for Iraqi soldiers. The soldiers being housed in the facility know how to use weapons, are trained killers, and are wanted criminals.
There will be a public meeting the next day to answer questions and hear concerns from those living in the neighborhood – when you go to the meeting, what stance do you take?
Remember – take about 30 seconds and jot down your immediate thoughts regarding this scenario – being as honest as you possibly can be.