How To Change The World

(Edition: Change the world, workshop 4/4)

Main objectives:

Preparing a social project answering the needs of our communities

During the workshops participants will:




Paper (preferably recycled / reusable), pens, poster/flipchart, markers, post-its or small pieces of paper, computer, projector, speakers


  1. Warm up (20 min)

Start with participants introducing themselves (if they don’t know each other yet). Then, divide participants into pairs. The task of each pair is to talk about a given topic and follow the instructions. There are 5 minutes for each topic/task. After this time, create new pairs and proceed to the next topic and task.

Topics to discuss and tasks to fulfill:

Summarize the first two tasks before moving on to the third one. Collect all the papers with skills and features and segregate them by putting the same ones together. Read out loud which skills help us to achieve success and solve problems and congratulate participants – they already have what is needed to change the world!

After this short summarizing, change pairs again and go to the third topic/task:

Segregate the issues putting the same together. We will use them in the next exercise.

2. Speaking and writing: planning social projects (60 min)

Divide participants into small groups of 3-5 people. The task of each group is to plan a social project following the steps suggested by the trainer. Every few minutes, when you see that teams are finishing the previous task, present the new one. You can do so by stopping all the groups and asking for a few moments of attention when you explain the next step or, if there are not that many people, you can go to each small group separately to not break their flow and explain it to them without disturbing the work of other groups. Support groups also if they are stuck in any of the suggested steps.

Steps to introduce to the groups:

Problem tree instruction – Draw a tree on an A4 paper. On the trunk of the tree put the issue you want to work on. In the roots put the causes, while in the branches put the consequences. For example, if the challenge I want to work on is “lack of inclusion of people on wheelchair”, causes can be for example: lack of infrastructure, discrimination, low confidence of people on wheelchair, etc. You can go even deeper trying to understand what are the causes of those causes, so why there is no infrastructure, why there is discrimination, etc. Considering the consequences, you may think about depression of people in wheelchairs, loss of their potential, other people not being exposed to diversity, etc. Also in this case, you can go deeper thinking what are the consequences of those consequences.

If there is not enough time, skip points g and h.

3. Speaking: presentations (20 min)

Ask each team to present the results of their work. Ask other participants for feedback – how did they like the project? Maybe there is a way they could support it? If you have time and participants are ready for it, you can also give them feedback about their use of English, underlying their strengths and suggesting some corrections in vocabulary or structure, if needed.

4. Listening: changemakers (5 min)

To summarize, propose a short movie about changemakers prepared by Ashoka.

5. Summarizing (15 min)

Invite participants to the final round. How did they like the workshop? Is there anything they would like to do, try, implement after today’s workshop? At the end, invite participants to fill the evaluation form.

After the workshop you can share with participants additional materials (Appendix 1).

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