From Heather Plett:
I teach a course called Creative Discovery, and last night we did a fun activity that I think could be quite useful in some AoH settings. The topic of conversation for the evening was chaos, and after asking people to reflect on what chaos meant for them, we talked about the importance of chaos in times of change and community development.
I dumped a pile of items on the floor that I'd brought from my recycling bin and garbage - cardboard, styrofoam, plastic, etc. I said "this is chaos - let's see what can emerge from it." I then invited people to imagine a space in which they'd like to live that would reflect their values and passions.
It didn't take long, and they were turning the garbage into tiny bookstores, coffee shops, parks, playgrounds, bike racks, a garden market, etc. There wasn't a freeway or big box store in sight! In the end, they were so attached to it, they didn't want to throw it back in the garbage.
It was really fun to watch them co-create. Everyone worked together, and a really cool neighbourhood emerged in only an hour's time, even though nobody sat down to "plan" it.
I wrote a bit more about it on my blog: http://sophialeadership.com/2012/02/from-chaos-to-creativity/
Good to see this Heather.