Speed Meeting Activity for Communities Addressing Poverty

Use this activity to start building relationships and get people comfortable talking about poverty, class, and economic inequity.
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  Speed Meeting Activity (45 minutes)This activity is for programs addressing poverty, particularly those that are using the Thriving Communities  or  Building Prosperity for All   discussion guides. Purpose of activity: ã To get participants comfortable talking in pairs and about poverty, class and economic inequity ã To allow participants an opportunity to reflect on their past and present eperiences ã To help participants feel more comfortable thinking about their eperiences through an economic equity lens. Materials Needed: ã !lip chart or newsprint ã ens# encils Background: This activity was created so that participants could start talking about poverty, class and economic equity in pairs. This activity helps participants begin to build relationships. Through answering the $%&& and '%&& questions, participants will be able to reflect on their past and  present eperiences through an economic equity lens. Preparation: ã eview the questions and see if they are questions appropriate to the communitys needs. *f not, with your co+facilitator, create new questions. ã Think about how you will show the questions for the participants. This could be on a flip chart or ower oint. emember to model how you want your participants to answer. Directions: .-and out the speed meeting handout and a pen#pencil. ./plain the directions%a.-ave the participants find four 0meetings1 and ask them to find people they dont know really well. 2nce they have their partners ask them to return to their seat.   b.3sk them to write the name of someone on each line, and to check to make sure their partner has their name written for the same time.i.!or eample, my %&& has to be the same as my partners %&&c.ead and model the first question and then send them to their meeting.d.ring them back and ask a few people to share something that stood out to them or something they learned.e.ead and model the following questions, then share out after each question.f.3fter the '%&& question, ask the group why we asked the $%&& and '%&& questions. 6et a few responses. Then, send the participants to their %&& date..-ave groups talk about the following questions in pairs (5 minutes per question)%a.%&&+ 7hy did you want to come here today8 7hy did it feel important for you to come8 b.$%&&+ 7hat does it look like in this community when people are not doing well8 7hat does it look like when people are doing well8 c.'%&&+ 9escribe a time when you or someone close to you struggled to make ends meet. 7hat was it like8 -ow did others react8d.%&&+ *n what ways do these eperiences impact you as a community member8 -ow do they impact the relationships you have with your neighbors and others in the community, in particular people who have different economic backgrounds than you do8 Debrief: (& minutes)ring the group back and get a few people to answer these questions%.7hy do you think we did this activity8.-ow did you feel during this activity8 3t ease8 :ncomfortable8 -appy8 ;urious8 <ome other feeling8 7hy8 .7hat connections or similarities did you notice8 4.7hat did you learn that surprised you8 7hy were you surprised8 5.7hat did you hear or feel that gives you hope8  Speed Meeting .!ind a 0date1 for %&&, $%&&, '%&&, and %&&..;hoose people you do not know well..7rite the persons name on the line and then go back to your seat once you have 4 0dates.14.=ake sure the person has your name down for the same time%&& > $%&& > '%&& > %&& >
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