Activity 4: Outsider Experiences
Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Journal for all participants
- Pens and pencils
Preparation for Activity
- Ask participants to bring a journal and writing instrument to the workshop. Or, purchase a journal or notebook for all participants.
- Write on newsprint, and post:
- What was the experience? Recall it in as much detail as possible.
- What made you the person who was "different" or the "outsider"? How did others treat you as a result?
- What was the impact of your outsider experience on how you felt about and participated in the group?
- How did that experience shape your sense of who you are and how you behave in the world or similar settings?
Description of Activity
Explain that the journals have two purposes: To record ideas, quotes, and concepts from workshops, and to record participants' reflections, thoughts, and feelings. Invite participants to use any form they wish, such as poetry, bulleted points, idea webs, symbols, or narrative/story.
Introduce the activity with these or similar words:
I invite you to begin your journal work with an exercise called "Insider/Outsider." Record in your journal a powerful experience in which you felt like an outsider. Use the questions posted on newsprint to help guide your remembering. This is a private journal exercise, so you will not be sharing this story in the workshop. Instead, you are asked to hold the story in your heart and use it as a point of reference during later discussions.
Allow ten minutes for writing.
Including All Participants
For people with physical disabilities who may not be able to write, find a private area where the person can dictate or record their story confidentially to a facilitator.