Introducing Scenarios: Ways of Using Cards for Democracy for All

Cards for Democracy
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March 15, 2022
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Introducing Scenarios

Ways of Using Cards for Democracy for All

To help you learn with the Cards for Democracy for All, Learn 2 Change’s team elaborated frameworks you can use.

We call such structures Scenarios because they are loose frameworks in which you can develop your creativity as an educator, facilitator, or trainer. These Scenarios will help you find inspiration to create your own activities.

Cards for Democracy for All
Cards for Democracy for All

What are Cards for Democracy

Cards for Democracy are a set of 60 cards help us develop our interior condition to support democratic environments in our life and work. They are intended for individuals, on their own and in groups, to reflect and develop attitudes, skills, knowledge and understandings to better create democratic spaces. With the cards, and the serious games with can play with them, we can improve our practices and behaviors for co-constructing a more just and happy society.

The Cards are available for free under a Creative Commons license. Feel free to download them by clicking here.

How you show up in the world matters: we need to develop our interior condition to support democratic environments in our life and work. This is why Cards for Democracy are an important tool today

Scenarios: Ways of using Cards

We offer some suggestions for you in the form of loose frameworks in which you can develop your creativity, as an educator, facilitator, or trainer. As said before, we named those frameworks Scenarios.

The activities are rated from 1 star to 3 star relative to their degree of complexity, from simple (one star) to more complex (three stars):

Scenario 1 ★ 

Exploring through conversation. You can simply pick one card randomly, read it, reflect, and have a conversation.

Read Scenario 1: Exploring through conversation

Scenario 2 ★★

Debriefing. Reflective questioning and feedback using the cards connects learning to the bigger context and helps learners establish connections to become more aware of the impact their behavior has on our environment, and to find better alignment between values and actions.

Read Scenario 2: Debriefing

Scenario 3 ★★

Mapping and Learning collectively. During and after a training sequence the cards help to gain awareness of what has been learnt, individually and inside the group, or classroom.

Read Scenario 3: Mapping and Learning Collectively

Scenario 4 ★★★

Observing practices. With these cards peers can observe themselves and each other, exchange how they are practicing the cards in real-life, how they see others practice and model these behaviors. They then reflect on possible futures and ways to grow.

Read Scenario 4: Observing Practices

Scenario 5 ★★

Evaluation and assessment. Using the cards as learning outcomes, they can be used in the beginning of a course, lesson or training for self and peer assessment activities. They help to assess ‘where I’m at’ at the beginning of a course and then they can be used during or after the sequence to revisit ‘where I’m at’ to tag progression and identify what I need to do in order to develop further. They may also be used for goal setting by learners in the context of formative assessment.

Read Scenario 5: Evaluation and Assessment

Scenario 6 ★★

Designing lesson plans and training sessions. The cards can be used at the beginning of the design process to think about the learning outcomes we wish to reach in the course.

Read Scenario 6: Designing lesson plans and training sessions

Scenario 7 ★

Personal development and personal learning goals. Trainers, teachers can use the cards with learners to build a longitudinal documentation of learning progressions, through portfolios for example.

Read Scenario 7: Personal Development and Personal Learning Goals

Scenario 8 ★★★

Conflict resolution and bias reduction. The cards may be harnessed towards more complex interpersonal situations and contexts, to help protagonists understand and change the situation.

Read Scenario 8: Conflict Resolution and Bias Reduction

To start getting an idea of what to expect:


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