History Map


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The main purpose of this activity is to reflect on a shared experience. Individuals will gain an idea of what the group has been through together. Use this exercise at the end of a project, program, or as a debrief as a way to draw-out learnings, celebrate highlights, and create closure. This method can be run both face-to-face and online.

Access a ‘History Map’ guide (opens off-site)

Target Audience: Sustainability Committee Members, community groups.

Step 1:

Roll out a long piece of paper (5-10 meters) on the floor or on a wall. Draw a timeline representing the period of a project or team experience. Include months and a couple of key events such as highlights and lowlights. If the project is very long – consider including the last 3-6 months.

Step 2:

Have participants capture their experiences. They could include their highlights, lowlights, learnings, challenges, successes, and anything else that was important to them. Give enough time for people (15-30 min) to capture their top experiences and place them on the timeline.

Step 3:

After the map has been created, ask participants to share their top (1-3) Highs and Lows. The number of Highs/Lows they share is up to the facilitator. It depends on the group size and the time you have.

Step 4: Optional Final Step

Have the participants reflect individually, in silence, on the experiences they have just shared and heard and chose the most important moment for them. Give about 2-3 minutes for this step.

Then, one-by-one, participants place a sticky note on the moment that has been the most important to them and have them briefly describe why.

Continue until all participants have placed a note and shared.

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