What are the challenges in your world that speak loud to your heart?
How would your world look like without those challenges?
And, lastly – what can be done to create that world?
We live in a world full of challenges. But what many people may not realize is: every individual has the power to make positive changes in their lives, and in the world!
This past week, Knowmads hosted an event at Toong Coworking Space, using the World Cafe Methodology for people to get together and talk about the challenges they see in their lives, how the world would look like without those challenges, and how they can create that ideal world.
Together, more than 40 participants divided themselves into 8 different tables for three rounds of intriguing conversations and exercises. But first they checked in with three wishes they would make if a fairy were to show up.
In the first round, participants were encouraged to come up with a list of small challenges in their daily life. Challenges that they themselves may also be creating for others, due to habit or unawareness, or out of a fear of ridicule and a lack of support. Many issues were identified, such as pollution, public noise, road rage, gender inequality, apathy, etc.
In the second round, participants switched tables and were invited to dream together of an ideal world they would like to see, had those challenges not existed. They first drew this world simultaneously on paper, then had a chance to talk to each other and share about those dreams.
In the third and final round, participants quickly brainstormed and listed out all the actions that can be taken to make that dream world become reality. They were then encouraged to pick concrete steps that they, with the support of others, felt possible and willing to carry out, and made a pledge to do it.
In the end, it was an evening of smiles, discussions, and personal connections. Many decided to recycle and use fewer plastic bags, some to carry their own water bottle, to buy and cook organic food, eat less meat, share more with others, volunteer, speak up against bad things, or simply to throw trash responsibly.