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The purpose of 'Pop-up Psychogeography Journey Journal'

To inspire creative thinking and act as an ice-breaker.

Activity description

  • Useful for
  • Preparation
  • How to do it
  • Duration
  • Adaptations
  • Technical requirements

Encouraging divergent thinking and building the ability to storytell.

Not essential, but it would be desirable for participants to watch the video and carry out a short preparatory activity ahead of time.

  1. Watch the video
  2. Spend 10-20 minutes exploring a place you know well (your room, or a classroom or digital space or your journey to work or school) and thinking of it as a space of wonder, a space of possibility
  3. Jot down your ideas about this space (this could be a photograph or a sketch or a map or video or words)
  4. Get together live in a group to share and discuss your space and how you’ve depicted it

Around 30 minutes for a small group or breakout room (5 or so participants) with extra time for the preparatory activity.

If people haven’t prepared they can share something on spec - whatever they can see in their known space - but they still need to describe it as a space of wonder.

For a large group you might consider using a padlet board or similar and ask people to post their responses to the brief - and comment on each others’ posts.

If people join later you might have an object prepared that you ask them to describe as a thing of wonder.

For a sense of belonging across space, maybe arrange a time to carry out your individual journeys synchronously if you can.

For a larger group, breakout rooms would be desirable so that participants have time to share and discuss their response to the brief.

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We have created a welcome video and some introductory text that explains in detail how to use these resources. You can also find answers to some key questions below. 

Yes you can. We have included descriptive text and slides that you can reuse / adapt for this reason. We have suggested some variations for activities to help you make adaptations.

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