In order to ensure continued engagement in integration activities, the refugee community needs to be informed about events and programmes that specifically suit their interests and aspirations.
Discovering these interests and aspirations was exactly what the workshop had to enable. I went through several iterations and tests in order to develop a framework that enables the participants to truly express themselves.
'Road Map for the Future'
To facilitate a systematic reflection, planning and realization of the next steps to be taken by the refugees, to realize their own integration.
User Profile Creation
To build individual profiles based on their aspirations and interests, to enable relevant information dispensation.
To dig deeper, and enable passive and genuine expression in an engaging way.
Considering the general resistance towards technology within the community, the workshop activities would have to take a tangible form.
- Drawing activity received enthusiastically.
- Picture based activities enabled extensive conversations.
- Self discovery and expression.
- Reservations need to be overcome. Allowing their expression sends wrong signals.
- The activities seemed fragmented with no clear purpose.
tests 2 and 3
To find a flow to the activities, I decided to focus on the idea of building a 'map for the future'. I experimented with some different approaches, in order to get the participants to think deeply about how their existing skills, could help them achieve their future goals. To reiterate, I wanted all the workshop activities to build up into a final 'future map', that expresses each individuals unique aspirations, and their chosen pathways to achieve them.
- The activities smoothly engaged the participant in working towards a single, well defined end goal. ( building a 'future map' )
- Complexities in the 'play patterns' led to confusion. Simplification needed.