Coloured paper can save the world

Yesterday’s meeting went remarkably well. Despite the “extra” people who showed up uninvited to be sure things went the way they wanted them too. Despite the town’s CAO meeting me and saying “Its nice to meet you but I’ll tell you if I like you after the meeting is over.” Despite all our reservations. All because of The Coloured Paper Exercise. Which from here on will always be capitalized in my books, because it is amazing. Not surprising, as both J. and I learned it from our friend, AC, environmental educator extraordinaire and a wonderful resource and mentor in my thesis process. I can’t wait to tell her about it.
Briefly, the Coloured Paper Exercise involves handing out small pieces of coloured paper to your group members, and having them answer a series of questions. Each question corresponds with a colour of paper – all answers to question 1 on blue paper, etc. We asked three questions: what are your expectations, what are your reservations? and what are your desired outcomes?
And the group of 14 fifty (plus) year old men sat around and wrote down their ideas, and then worked together to sort them into categories, and present back to the group. One even got up when it was all over and told me how much he likes exercises like that. Everyone seemed pleased with the outcome.
Mind you, there is still work to be done, but I think it is off to a very good start.
As for me, D. is off to work, and I must sit down and complete a “Career Development Plan” for the department and set 5-6 goals for myself for the coming fiscal year. All in an hour and a half, because the Sens vs. Devils starts at 8:00 and I can’t miss it.
D. gets promoted tonight. He was happy to point out that by the time he gets home he will outrank Prince Harry. I think he’s expecting special treatment for that.