This creative methods site was compiled by Kelli Rose Pearson and illustrated by Réka Livits (visualive.eu).
|Title||Timeline of Transformation|
|Purpose||This method brings the tangible possibility of change and transformation into the space and roots it in personal experience and observation.|
|Description||Collectively create a timeline that highlights key moments of transformation (personally, socially, and environmentally/physically) that are relevant to the project, issue, or group of people participating. In small groups or pairs, participants discuss what changed, why it changed in that moment (who was involved, what conditions), what the implications or ripple effects have been, and what can be learned. The timeline provides data about what types of change participants find relevant and inspiring, what lessons can be learned (from their perspective). Adaptive/transformational thinking for change.|
|Describe the Materials/preparation needed||
Medium preparation time
The facilitator should prepare a timeline on a roll of paper. People can write directly on the timeline or on index cards or large post-its. Post-its should come in at least three different colors, and could also have different shapes for the “change moments” and for notes from the discussion. With larger groups, it can also be useful and visually effective to divide the timeline also horizontally (a line/section for personal, one for the project, and one for society, and one for environment).
|Use||Warm-up, Generating Ideas, Reflecting/Metabolising|
|References & Resources|
|Appreciative Inquiry||Define, Discover, Positive Core|