What is capitalism and how does it work? How do you have that discussion in a meaningful way that is related to people's experience?

Wealth Inequality - who feels it knows it

Chronology and other orders

Daughters in Boxes -- 函入り娘 2

Based on the famous speech by the Meiji era Japanese feminist leader Kishida Toshiko, this activity asks participants to create a manga version of her speech, working in teams.

I have spelled out a nine step process, but it might make sense to do a much quicker, rougher version of this, to leave time for other discussions. Steps 1, 4, 5 are essential, I think.

Step one is to read the original essay (for Japanese readers, in Japanese), and do a reader response writing activity.

Step two is to form teams with a mix of self-identified skills/capacities:

Daughters in Boxes -- 函入り娘 1

Game Changing Sugoroku

Loud and Proud - variations

The game Loud & Proud is designed to played as a rapid-fire competitive matching game. http://store.toolboxfored.org/loud-proud/

It can also be played:

  • As prompts or seeds for making speeches or sermons. One card: if you draw "Organic food is...", you have to improvise a speech on organic food (for or against, or other). Two cards (matching symbols): if you draw "Corporation" and "A Democracy" you have to improvise a speech that relates the two concepts.

Buffalo - variations

大貧民 - poor bastards

A Japanese card game which presupposes inequality both at the outset and as the game proceeds.

The flow:

The players are divided into five groups:

  • the very rich,
  • the rich,
  • the middle,
  • the poor, and
  • the poor bastards

Sample "Problem Trees"

Some problem trees (from around the world):

"Problem-cause-effect tree diagram" from Our People, Our Resources
http://www.iucn.org/themes/spg/Files/opor/fig5_1c.html

Another tree, from Eric Mar's Asian Studies and Activism website.
http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~ericmar/tree.html

How-to description of the problem tree activity, with a link to an image (near the top), from Dublin radion station Near 90.3 FM's Community Media Participatory Learning Manual
http://www.nearfm.ie/plm114.htm

Description of the problem tree activity, from a BBC article about women organizing in Malawi.