Everyone sees life through their personal lens, through their point of view. Though we may not see the world through that same lens, and may disagree with that perspective, learning about and listening to different perspectives gives us a deeper understanding of what happened then and how to deal with it.
How do we account for so many different perspectives on the past? How can we learn from diverse perspectives to gain greater insights on understanding the past?
Warm-up (15 minutes):
We narrate a short story: Yesterday my mom cooked a huge meal for my two sisters and me (e.g. Molokheye, Mahshi). I didn’t like the meal, but I pretended to eat it. My mother caught me and got mad at me and, in turn, I got angry and left as quickly as I could.
We ask the participants: If we placed ourselves in the narrator’s shoes:
Group Work (25 minutes):
We distribute Handout 7: Cases to participants and split them into three groups according to each case study.
Each group discusses their assigned case study and prepares a small scene to act it out. Each group will think about the following questions:
Group Presentations (30 minutes):
Each group acts out their scene (2 minutes each). Then asks the other participants to note down all the different perspectives in the scene, to be addressed in the plenary discussion.
Plenary Discussion (20 minutes):
Starting with collecting the different perspectives from the scenes acted out, we discuss examples of multiperspectivity. Then we ask the group how multiperspectivity may help us understand what happened in the past.
The facilitator will ask each participant to reflect in writing ways in which they can bring multiple perspectives into their lives.
We can change the case studies if we want to have more contextual stories. However, we need to make sure that the case study includes multiple and diverse perspectives.
Argyris, Chris. Overcoming Organizational Defenses: Facilitating Organizational Learning (Boston, Ma.: Allyn and Bacon, 1990).