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This section of our website is dedicated to tools of civic engagement that we believe connect people deeply with one another and inspire them to become agents of positive change in their own lives.  From Storytelling to the Art of Asking Questions simply changing the techniques that we use to communicate with our communities and the world can be a powerful technique that can form the foundation for social change.

These tools lift up the value of community building and emphasize the importance of forming deep and abiding bonds with one another.  Traditional advocacy techniques, such as fact gathering and coalition building, are enhanced when implemented in connection with the communications techniques that The Jamestown Project endorses in this toolkit.

These tools are intended to help citizens identify and address issues collectively deemed as problematic to their community; to help advocates achieve a desired result to improve the lives of their fellow citizens; to help Kız erkeğin sikini ve bacak arasını biraz elledikten sonra diz çöküp erkeğe banyoda sakso çekiyor sikiş Ardından genç kız ayağa kalkıyor ve bu sefer çocuk yere diz çöküp kızın amını yalıyor Daha sonra delikanlı ayağa kalkıyor ve kızı domaltıp arkasına geçiyor porn Delikanlı kızı amından sikmeye başlıyor. delikanlı kızı sertçe amından siktikten sonra parmağıyla kızın götünü genişletip. İki sevgilimiz bu videomuzda sıcacık evlerinde şömine baında oturup plazma tv de aşk filmz izlerlerken birden kendilerinden geçiyorlar porno İlk yavaştan yavaştn eelri birbirlerini vücutlarını okşayan gençlerimiz her saniye daha bir zevke gelince bu romantik film izleme seansı birden bire bir porno film sahnesine dönüşerek ikiside bu filmin sonunda çok zevkli gözüküyorlar sikiş işte tam bu sırada sikiş videomuz start vererek siz abaza izleyicilerimize boşalmak için. İki liseli sarışın lezbiyen evde oturup ders çalışırlarken birbirlerine dokunmaya başlıyorlar ve birbirlerini elleyip azdırıyorlar porno Ardından kızlar ateşli bir biçimde öpüşmeye başlıyor ve birbirlerinin memelerini çıkarıp elleyip yalıyorlar sex hikayeleri Kızlar birbirlerini uzun süre azdırdıktan sonra kilotlarını çıkartıp birbirlerinin amlarını yalıyorlar. Ve içlerinden birisi takma sik getirip diğerini domaltıp sikmeye başlıyor. Genç kızlar birbirlerini sikerek boşaltıyorlar porno sex Hasta prostat muayenesi için doktorun yanına gidiyor porno Doktor ise ise soyunup bacaklarını açıp sedyeye uzanmasını söylüyor. Doktor hastanın sikini ellemeye başlıyor ve hastanın siki kalkıyor sikiş Bunu gören hemşire iyice azıyor doktorun kulağına bir şeyler söylüyor. Daha sonra doktor ve hemşire hastanın sikinin yalamaya başlıyor. İyice azan hasta ise dayanamıyor ve hem doktoru hem hemşireyi sert bir şekilde sikiyor porn Karı koca eve geldiklerinde bebek bakıcısını bulamıyor ve odalara bakarken bakıcının mastürbasyon yaptığını görüyorlar. Kadın utanıyor fakat kadın kocasına bir şeyler söylüyor ve sonra kadın gidip bakıcıyla öpüşmeye başlıyor ve adam çıkartıp sikiyle oynuyor porno Bakıcıyı araya alan çift, bakıcıyla beraber grup seks yapıyor ve defalarca birbirlerini boşaltıyorlar. Hapisten kaçan 5 koca sikli zenci kaçarlarken bir depo buluyorlar ve içeri giriyorlar seks hikayeleri Çocuk teyzesine bakarken çıkartıp 31 çekmeye başlıyor ve teyzesi iyice azdıktan sonra yeğeniyle sikişiyor sikiş Çocuğun elindekini almak isterken bir anda havlusunu düşüren teyzesini gören çocuk, teyzesinin koca memeleri karşısında dizinin bağı çözülüyor sikiş Annesi genç çocuğa teyzesine götürmesini istediği bir şeyi veriyor. Çocuk istemeyerek gidiyor ve kapıyı çalıyor teyzesi ise çıplak ve sadece bir havluyla onu karşılıyor. İçeri giren zenciler sarışın bir kız buluyorlar ve onu yakalayıp ağzını kapatıyorlar. Azmış zenciler koca siklerini çıkarıyorlar ve kızı ortaya alıp sakso çektiriyorlar. Zenciler kızı alıp sırasıyla amından sikiyorlar porno Biri amından sikerken biri götüne giriyod diğeri ağzına veriyor ve kız diğer ikisininkini eline al. Kadın zevkten havalara uçuyor. Zenciler bir anda kadının suratına hep beraber boşalıyorlar. En uygun fiyatlara kaliteli ataköy günlük kiralık daire için bizimle iletişime geçin normal ve suit olmak üzere onlarca daire seçeneğimizden yararlanın. citizens coalesce around issues or candidates related to the 2008 election; or simply to help people form meaningful relationships that build community and improve the quality of their lives.

Finally, this toolkit is a living and breathing space that we created for communities to use to locate information about these techniques.  This space is intended to grow.  Therefore, please communicate with us.  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to share your experiences with any of these techniques or to share information about tools that are not identified on this site.

Storytelling
Reflective Community Practice
Asking Questions
Study Circles
The World Cafe
Citizens Deliberative Councils

Storytelling

The storytelling technique that we encourage is called “story sharing.”  Story sharing is an exciting activity for family reunions, holiday celebrations, church-related events or any other community gathering.  Your group would be guided by a facilitator who would lead participants to share their experiences with each other.  The subject matter of the circle would be defined by your community’s priorities.

Your group would arrange chairs in a circle, and simply begin to share stories that are relevant to the agreed-upon subject area.  The rules are few but are important. 

1.  Story circles are marked by a communal feeling of love and respect, so only one member of the group should talk at a time. 
2.  The group should agree upon an estimated length for each story in advance, though this should remain flexible out of respect to the person sharing the story. 3 - 5 minutes is a good starting place.
3.  You could also engage a recorder to ensure that the stories are captured.  In Elm City Stories, one of The Jamestown Project's storytelling workshops, we have utilized is employing a graphic artist who literally sketches visual depictions of the stories as they are being told.  You could also capture the stories using video or audio recording.

For more information on storytelling, visit the following links:
The National Storytelling Network
The Connecticut Storytelling Center

Reflective Community Practice

Reflective Community Practice is a method of group communication designed to further group thinking and reflecting on collective work and to help organizations ask and answer questions that will lead to aligning their actions with their values and goals.  It is closely related to storytelling because it utilizes storytelling as a tool to engage a group in collective discourse and sharing their experiences.  In a reflection group, each person might take a turn recounting a key event and getting feedback on analyzing it, naming assumptions, making connections, and formulating critical questions that emerge.  When the group engages in collective dialogue about the event or key question, it builds an understanding of a question or an event and locates the significance of the story in the larger context of their work.

Community reflective practice means that a group engages in the deliberate process of taking their collective activity into account, examining it, learning from it, and then adjusting the community's future behavior in accordance with the lessons learned.  In order to make this happen, groups engaging in reflective community practice must share their experiences, perhaps using story circles and dialogue, in order to make sure that everyone internalizes them, and then move on to examining these collective experiences, learning from them, and ultimately adjusting the future behavior of the group.  This process is not as natural to groups as it is to individuals, and the absence of collective reflective practice is often the root cause of group dysfunction.

The Jamestown Project endorses reflective community practice as a methodology to strengthen communities undertaking almost any kind of advocacy one may envision.    In order to make this happen, however, the group may need to use a facilitator trained in reflective community practice.

For more information on reflective community practice, visit the website of the Center for Reflective Community Practice.

Asking Questions

Simple yet profound, the art of effective questioning is another, often overlooked mode of communication to promote community action.  Indeed, asking questions has formed the foundation for social change for centuries.  In 1851, Sojourner Truth asked, “Ain’t I a Woman?”  That humble question spurred the abolitionist and suffrage movements and still today fosters the basis for inclusion of black and brown women in the women’s movement.  A full century later, Nelson Mandela questioned racial segregation in South Africa and fueled the anti-apartheid movement through his ultimate ascension to his country’s presidency in 1994.  When citizens fail to ask questions, the result is the kind of dangerous acquiescence that nurtured an environment where Hitler would rise to power, or where the barbarities of the African slave trade could be overlooked as justifiable.  A society’s failure to question its leaders and its government can lead to dangerous outcomes.

The Jamestown Project uplifts “asking questions” as a mode of communication that can open the door to knowledge and understanding.  To launch an effective “asking questions” campaign, a small group of organizers would prepare a list of the subjects around which you would like your community to ask questions.  Your community’s priority issues would guide subject matter.  Once the parameters are defined, you would launch your campaign utilizing any means necessary to get the broadest input in developing a list of questions.  You would e-mail everyone in your community.  You would knock on doors.  You would stand outside of the grocery store and post office.  You would strike up conversations with the garbage men; the parking enforcement officers; the elderly men playing checkers in the park; and homeless men, women, and children.  You would use video tape, audio tape, a laptop computer, or a pen and paper to capture their thoughts and ideas on profound questions that your group has prepared.

For innovative ideas around creating a question campaign, visit the website of dropping knowledge.  Once you have enough input, you would sort and categorize the questions.  Obtaining “answers” to the questions is the interesting part.  You could convene a community meeting, present them to your elected officials, or send them to your local newspaper.  Regardless of what you do with them, the important point here is the process

Study Circles

“Study Circles” are voluntary adult education groups of five to 20 people who meet three to six times to explore a subject.  Each meeting usually lasts two to three hours and is directed by a moderator whose role is to foster a lively but focused dialogue.  Because Study Circles are often formed to examine crucial social issues, The Jamestown Project thinks that these circles lend themselves completely to communities or organizations that are preparing to take action on any issue, and that they are an appropriate vehicle to further a community's shared learning, humilty, and respect for one another and the common good. 

To launch a study circle, first visit the website of the Study Circle Resource Center, where you will find a wealth of information that communities can use to develop their own ability to solve problems by bringing lots of people together in dialogue.  Visit the “What Communities Do” section of this site to find a toolkit that will guide you through the process.  The materials the group uses will vary.  To address Covenant priority items, you should download information from www.covenantwithblackamerica.com, your online portal to commence engaging around Covenant-priority issues.  You can also contact the Study Circle Resource Center, as it can provide you with ready-made materials on various issues, such as Education, Neighborhoods and Families, Police-Community Relations, and Criminal Justice.

Remember, the characteristics of Study Circles are that they are small, voluntary, democratic, and “non-expert.”  They encourage people to formulate their own ideas about issues and to share them with others.  This process helps ordinary people overcome their sense that they lack information or that they are somehow inadequate to engage in and try to solve complex problems.  Because of their powerful ability to educate and activate people, Study Circles are used by millions of people today.  The Jamestown Project endorses the Study Circle process as particularly compatible with implementing the Covenant Curriculum Manual & Study Guide.   We welcome your community’s This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you decide to utilize this cutting-edge communications technique.

The World Café

The World Café is a process of organizing multiple conversations so that they connect, generate knowledge, and cement new relationships.  Designed by Juanita Brown, Ph.D., and David Isaacs, it will enable you to create a welcoming environment where participants can learn from one another, recognize innovative insights, and emerge focused and ready to address Covenant priority issues.  The World Café began only 12 years ago in the living room of its creators, yet today hundreds of thousands of people in corporations, nonprofit organizations, governments, and educational institutions have engaged in Café conversations on six continents. If you are interested in hosting a Café conversation, you must first consider if it is right for you, particularly as you embark on addressing the Covenant agenda with your community or organization.  It is particularly useful when people need to engage in authentic conversation, whether they are meeting for the first time or tackling a difficult issue.  It is also useful when you want to generate real input, deepen relationships, explore action possibilities around real-life issues, or to create meaningful interaction between a speaker and an audience.  Also remember that Café conversations work best with groups larger than 12.  Small groups would benefit more from a Study or Story Circle. To organize a Café conversation, first visit the World Café website.  The “Resources” section of the Café website offers an excellent and a concise guide, “Café to Go,” for free.  Café to Go guides you step by step so that you can easily adapt your efforts to organize community conversation around any issues.  Essentially, you will organize participants at small Café-style tables with each table having a “host” and a question to be considered.  Questions will be determined by your community's pre-defined agenda items.  After 20 minutes of conversations, table “guests” progress to the next table, leaving the “host” who has taken notes, doodled, and jotted down key ideas.  After a few rounds, conversations will become “cross pollinated” with insights from prior conversations.  The connections among the ideas shared at these tables and the actions that emerge from this web of conversations will help to build your organization’s knowledge base and shape its future. 

You can learn more about The World Café by surfing its website and reviewing and purchasing some of the resources available there or by purchasing the book, The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter (San Francisco:  Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2005), by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, and The World Café Community. 

Citizens Deliberative Councils

Citizen Deliberative Councils (CDCs) are temporary, face-to-face councils of a dozen or more citizens who convene typically for two to 10 days to consider a complex issue of great public concern.  Council members hear from and can cross-examine experts and also collectively reflect on information gathered with the help of a trained facilitator.  Importantly, council members are usually selected at random, with safeguards in place to ensure gender, racial, socioeconomic, and other diversity.  After learning and reflection, council members generally craft a statement announcing their findings to the public and relevant officials and agencies.   Ultimately, the CDCs disband, as they have no permanent or official power other than the power of legitimacy inherent in their well-publicized, common-sense solutions to compelling public problems.  Hundreds of CDCs have been convened worldwide and have demonstrated that, with this method, ordinary citizens have a extraordinary ability to grapple with complex problems and come up with useful recommendations, helping to make democracy real.  To find out more about CDCs and how they can be used creatively, read the article, “Using Citizen Deliberative Councils to Make Democracy More Potent and Awake,” by Tom Atlee, which is available in the Articles section of the website of the Co-Intelligence Institute

Suggest that an elected official or perhaps a loosely formed coalition of groups convene a CDC as a potential solution to break the impasse or to get the public to pay attention.  The power of the legitimacy that the CDC will have cannot be understated.  The Jamestown Project endorses CDCs, and we welcome your community’s This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you decide to utilize this cutting-edge communications technique. of the community asking questions in the first place. Here the process and the community participation dispel the myth of community apathy.

 


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