Workshop Practice: A Long Short Walk, from the Open Space Learning Project

Workshop Practice: A Long Short Walk, from the Open Space Learning Project

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A Short Walk requires the tutor or facilitator to select a walk, or a number of walks, of around 15 minutes in any environment they choose. A detailed route must be prepared and a precise map given to participants. Participants are split into groups of 3 or 4 and allocated a walk (or the same walk). The key to this activity is that participants are required to undertake a walk that would normally take 15 minutes in 45, and take notes as they go. It is vital to stress that progress must be slow. At the end of the walk, participants return to a central point and are encouraged to create a narrative from their experience Participants then show their work to the other groups and the session finishes with a plenary. The activity is amenable to the presentation of results in a number of different forms: the activity can be extended by requiring participants to distil their findings into a still-imagethat represents their experience, or a performance might be created, or participants might want to film and edit their experience, or a written narrative might be chosen. “Open space” is, again, both literal and figurative as the groups’ conclusions are entirely open, as is the environment in which they walk.

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