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The Travelling school of live was a skillsharing network for moneyless travelling and learning. The website tsolife.org hosted a multi-lingual wiki where hosts and travellers could register themselves and publish skillsharing events. Before those workshops participants mutually agreed on the conditions of their endeavor on which base they want to share knowledge and at which cost guests are hosted. The basic principle was to keep costs as low as possible by means of recycling, swapping, free giving and fundraising. No one should be excluded from learning because of money.


Toolbox - Werkzeugkiste

What is the toolbox? Please read this before adding anything here! >> deutsch

Was ist die Werkzeugkiste? Bitte lies das bevor du irgendetwas hinzufügst!

How to organize a workshop about Tsolife: Workshop kit

Language barrier

When you travel to learn with other people, sometimes you get in contact with people that do not speak your languages - for example, when you are in a different country or if someone visits you. To understand each other is important for a nice exchange and a good mood, and I have collected some tips on how to deal with difficult situations:

  • find out before the meeting, what the language situation is - can you try to invite other people that like to translate (the more the better)?
  • take time
  • be patient
  • speak slowly
  • seperate words
  • use short sentences
  • use simple words
  • make breaks and give time to repeat or to ask
  • imitate the accent of the other person
  • be creative with explaining
  • use body language and mimic and gestures
  • write down words
  • use dictionary
  • do not give a bad feeling because somebody does not understand you, often it creates barriers and a bad mood
  • try to trust

To prepare for a travel it is good to get into the sound of new language by listening to music from this country, to have a look into a grammar book, read some pages in the internet, and watch movies in this language.

Tools for self-organization

The STOP-rule

brought by Roy from his experiences in the nature school.
It says that "everyone has the possibility to say STOP at any time" - during a conversation, an activity or whatever. This makes it possible to slow down things, to take time to think and talk about what is going on.
We directly used it during the talk about Utopia during the meeting, and it helped to clear out a conflict and some bad vibes in the air. We could STOP, step one step backwards, and look from a meta-level at our communication process, find out the needs of different persons, could take a break and come back together again.
I find it a really useful tool! (Andrea)

The swapfile

It's always handy to have some empty pieces of paper and a place to put them. They can be used at any time when a topic comes up that cannot be discussed right now. So the current process/the current topic can go on. Write your "important thought that I must not forget!!" on a piece of paper, and so get it out of your mind for now, without loosing it.
We've tried it during that meeting, and it helps people to keep calm when they get excited about so many things that still have to be discussed... and it's good to have it visible on a board for everyone. At some point we can have a look at them and find time and space to deal with them.

Listening Circle

description follows

Talking stick

description follows

Both... and...

People are often used to think in terms of "either...or...". This usually means that I have to defend my opinion and fight for what I want. Changing our minds towards the idea that both ideas could co-exist can open up new dimensions!
So let's remember to be aware of the "both...and..." when we discuss what&how we're gonna do.

Tools from summer 05

for being a close group where you make real friends (many of these tools can also be used together with the host, or with any people you meet in your life)

Evening Circle

Evaluation from Pilot Course 2005: Most important I consider the evening circle, one of the things that makes the Traveling School of Life what it is. The evening circle is the space where the group comes together on a regular basis (every day), in order to share their experiences and feelings of the day. Every day we got to know each other more, every day a bit deeper, every day a bit closer. Maybe some days not so deep… but just the fact of coming together in that form every day helped a lot to become a ‘community’. Every Evening Circle is prepared and facilitated by a student - a nice opportunity to express yourself creatively, to show something from yourself!
Variations of the Evening Circle (possible contents):

  • listening circle: everyone gets time to say something, while everyone else is listening.
  • evaluation of the day - What did I learn today? How was the group? How was the work? How did I feel?
  • game, song, nice activity
  • feedback to other students
  • feedback especially to the facilitator of the day (if there is one)
  • anyone has something important to say?

Morning Circle

Evaluation from Pilot Course 2005: The morning circle is the first coming-together of the day. It is a space where the king of the day is invited to give a personal touch to it making use of his/her creativity… It can last between 15 and 30 minutes, in exceptions longer or shorter, and is meant to be a tune in in order to know where all the people are at, this day. I like the morning circles where everyone got the opportunity to say a word or sentence about ‘how do I feel today’, but of course there is not always time for it. I also like starting the day with a game or a song or any communal activity. Then the practical information for the day gets announced (work, changes of schedule, anything important). If there was work in the morning, it turned out to be useful to keep the morning circle short, in order to have a quick, energetic start into the day instead of starting with too much talking… The king of the day can leave his/her creativity and inspiration flow freely to prepare a nice start into the day (game, song, activity, meditation, reading a poem,…)

Daily tasks

When we spent a few weeks together with the same people, travelling to different places, we used different roles that were distributed for every day. Everyone could sign up for different tasks during the coming days. Like this, it was clear that the important things would be done (catching water, cooking, cleaning toilets, making fire, and other things according to the conditions of the place; but also things for supporting/facilitating dynamic group processes).
Ideally there would be no task-list necessary, as it works out mutually that everyone does what they want, and in the end everything is done. In that case, the roles can be seen simply as tasks that everyone can take all the time - everyone can take care of bringing water when it's empty, or call a meeting when necessary, etc. But often, especially in newly formed groups, it makes sense to switch tasks and take a different role every day (or week). People then become aware of all the things that must be done and get a feeling for it. Additionally, that way you can try out a role that you usually wouldn't take naturally, which can be quite enriching.


Gardener(King/queen of the Day)
The name for this task changed from "facilitator" (sounds boring) to "King of the day" (creates misunderstandings) to "gardener".
The gardener takes care of the group and helps ensure the planned program of the day can run smoothly. (S)He wakes people up in the morning (the soft version with music was much more appreciated than shouting or drumming...), calls a meeting when necessary, prepares and facilitates the morning circle and evening circle. (S)he is the one to be informed if you want to go away or won't take part in the program for a while, so that nobody worries about you or waits for you. In a conflict, (s)he is the one to mediate. The gardener is also some kind of "vibe watcher", although this could be split into a different task. It means to be aware of the group energy and different needs of the people. Maybe sometimes a discussion needs to be stopped and everyone moves around a bit to get from the head into the body; or after a conflict a game could be played to get back some fresh, positive-active energy; or a process must be stopped in order to confront some unexpressed discord.

Time keeper
The time keeper reminds people that a meeting starts or should be coming to an end soon, tells people that 'Lunch will be ready in half an hour', etc.

Reporter
The reporter takes care of the history book for one day. When you get this blessed task, it gives you the great opportunity to use your creativity, express yourself and do at the same time an important contribution to ‘giving a face to TsoLife’! In order to make it more visible to ‘the world’ what’s going on in TsoLife, we put some reports, experiences and nice pictures on the website, based on the history book. There is one at each host, and you can also see what other TsoLifers have done here before you… a nice way of sharing culture and getting to know other students as well… So, as the reporter, you make sure that at the end of the day there’s (at least) one more page of the history book filled – be it with photos, drawings, new songs and games you developed, a poem, a report of what happened, or one sentence from each student about an impression from this day. You can write in it in the evening, or you can carry it around with you the whole day and write in it or have others write in it. It’s easy, it just needs to be remembered! And at the end of your stay you will be happy about it when you see it done!


More tasks according to the hosts needs (cook, toilet cleaner, fireman/woman,…)

Games!

Evaluation of Pilot Course 2005: We need more play in the world!
Patch Adams, the famous clown doctor, once said something like
“Many community projects fail, because they do not give the same
importance to play and fun as they give to work” (don’t remember
the exact words). I think playing is a basic need of all humans,
not only of children… when we play, we feel alive, we are open,
we connect easily and quickly to each other, and we feel relaxed
and happy afterwards.
Since the beginning of TSOLife we gave a high importance to play
and games, but still found we were spending too little time for it…
Always when we were giving a lot of time for playing, we had the best
group atmosphere, and also the most effective working days.
A short game can be integrated on many points during the day –
in the morning circle, in a working break, before lunch,
in the beginning of the afternoon program after lunch, in the evening.
It does not take much time, but gives an energy input into the group
that will affect the work for the rest of the day. And sometimes a
game evening is a wonderful thing

some games:

  • bomb ???
  • name confusion ???
  • bottle ???
  • for group building ???
  • inventing games

Songs!

In the film “Ancient Futures” about the Lhadak community in the himalayas that has been living a sustainable lifestyle until today, we found one striking thing: They are singing the whole day! Whether they are working or cooking or walking, they always have a song to accompany them. TSoLife got inspired by them and promotes singing as group bonding and a fantastic tool for creating community.

Some songs

TSOLife diary

In order to make ourselves more aware of what we are learning, it helps to talk about it with the others, and also to write things down. We found it difficult to find time for writing, as the days were so full of everything…. In future TSOLife activities we would appreciate an hour of the day dedicated explicitly to writing.

TsoLife history book

There is one in every host place. It’s for letting others that come after you see what was going on here with TsoLife before… The reporter of the day takes care of it.

Weekly evaluation

It nearly became a tradition to get together after each week in order to evalute where we’re at – as a group, as individuals, in relation to the host,… It gives us a picture of what’s going on, how new ideas have been working, and what we can improve.

Rites of passage

Bettina knows

Welcome and goodbye ceremonies

To welcome individuals who arrive later than the rest of the group helps to integrate more easily. A goodbye ceremony contributes to creating a feeling of ‘belonging-ness’.

Sharing

Apart from evening circle, there can be some extra space for deep sharing (for example in sweat lodge) and other group communication techniques (‘Forum’, or whatever TSOLife may develop with time).

Circle before eating

(song, prayer, silence, … + food presentation and thanks to the cooks)

Daily buddy

Somebuddy is your buddy today. In the beginning of the day (or week, or course), everyone chooses a "buddy". For example, when sitting in a circle, the person sitting left of you will be your buddy. This means, that you are especially taking care of this person, make sure to pass on important information to him/her, take care if he/she is feeling bad, etc. It makes sure that everyone is taken care of which is good for emotional well-being, especially in newly formed groups where some people don't have any friends yet.

Stuff

Emotions: Useful things to know about emotions: they come and go. When someone is crying, let it flow. Don’t try to console, just be there. Und so weiter.


Conflicts: Deal with them right now! When they are there. Step into the fire. Every conflict is an opportunity to grow. Change it, love it, or leave it.

Communication: Say what’s going on! And 80% is without words..

Respect: Others are different. You can not change people.

Openness: … interest in people, in getting to know them and in letting them get to know you. Getting really connected with each other(-> personal presentations, sharings, usw. )

Honesty: Being honest does not only mean ‘to say the truth instead of lying’. It can also mean ‘to say the truth instead of not saying anything’.

Time: Time of others is valuable. Don’t waste it by letting them wait for you.

Patience: Maybe you have to say things more than 3 times until everyone (also somebody) got it…

Criticism/feedback: Give direct feedback. When someone does something you especially like or dislike, or whatever, tell him/her.
Others can tell you things about yourself that you may not see yourself.

Input from everyone ..what can I give to Tsolife? To the group? Add to culture and traditions?

Active listening … practiced especially in the circles… circles: give the space and attention completely to one person and listen.

Good to know about groups

Somebody
He’s always there. In the beginning he’s often lazy, but as group awareness grows, he starts to be more active. So don’t try send him away. He’ll come back anyway.

Analphabets
In groups there are a lot of analphabets – don't count with anyone reading the note you put on the blackboard...


First aid kit:

Kitchen
Left alone in the kitchen and having to cook for 20 people? No problem. … GENERAL ADVICE… breathe three times deeply. Delegate potato peeling to somebody. … Here some first aid recipies. FILL IN DURING OC! (just a few examples already)

Conflict situation
Krisenrat.
Listen.
Use Nonviolent Communication.
MORE
Hug (not always possible)
FILL IN

- ‘unsolvable’ problem
does not exist…
the problem is the solution.
Observe and interact….

- tomorrow I'm facilitating!
.. and no idea for the morning circle? Here are some:
look at the games and songs.
Other activities: IDEAS fill in yourself during OC!!

Project ideas

Travelling together as a group, making street theatre on the way

Tools for self organized learning - learning techniques

Werkzeugkiste

Kinder in Workshops für Erwachsene einbeziehen

Der Umgang mit Kleinkindern bei Treffen muss noch geübt werden:

  • Kinderlaunen miteinplanen und Arbeitsweise anpassen & Wechselbetreuung (ausprobieren)
  • Mamis müssen situativ bescheid sagen, wenn sie sich in einem Moment Betreuung fürs Kind wünschen

sagen, wenn jemand stört und direkt ansprechen: Diskussion unterbrechen, denn jede Störung hat ihren Grund und ist es daher wert, betrachtet zu werden (Zitat Roy)

  • Idee der Protokollantin: Alle denken sich Spiele aus oder bringen was mit, was für T. oder K. interessant sein könnte. Etwas, womit die in unserer Nähe spielen können ohne zu stören. Oder worauf ihr Bock habt, mit ihnen zu spielen. Auch gut: nachfragen und sich auf ihre Spiel-ideen einlassen ohne zu beeinflussen. Dieses Thema können wir auch bei Treffen direkt bequatschen.
  • mehr Kleingruppendiskussionen und methodische Vielfalt ist auch für Kinder meist weniger stressig, weil es dann sowieso wuseliger zugeht.


Skill Sharing Workshop

Popular Education - emanzipatorische Bildung

Reisende empfangen

  • zusammengefasste gesammelte Erfahrungen anhand von Praxistipps für das Empfangen von lernenden Reisenden

Werkzeuge für Gruppendynamik

Meta-Kommunikation

u.a. von Lernaustauschgruppe Potsdam:
noch schreiben!

die STOP-Regel

JedeR hat das Recht in einem Gespräch oder einer Aktion einfach mal STOP zu sagen um dadurch Zeit zu finden ein Problem oder ein Konflikt zu lösen.

Die Auslagerungsdatei

ein Board, eine Pinn-Wand o.ä. mit "Auslagerungsdatei" zu beschriften, ermöglicht, darauf die Ideen, Gedanken, Anfragen zu fixieren, die Dir/irgendwem zwischendurch entstehen, aber grad im Moment nicht passend geäußert werden können, aber auch nicht vergessen werden sollen. ;)

  • Ist das kurz und treffend beschrieben? Fehlt was? Dann bitte dazu eintragen. roy.ly 10:08, 22 May 2007 (GMT)

Zuhör-Kreis (Listening Circle)

Sprechstab

Der Redestab entstammt der Tradition der Amerikanischen Ureinwohner und wirkt auch auf Rainbows praktiziert. Ein mit Federn und Ähnlichem geschmückter Stab wird während des Meetings im Uhrzeigersinn rumgereicht und jeder/jede die ihn gerade in der Hand hat kann etwas sagen, ein Lied oder eine Geschichte erzählen und die anderen hören ihm/ihr zu. Wenn die Person fertig ist oder nichts weiter zu sagen hat sagt sie einfach "Hugh!" und gibt denn Redestab weiter.

Sowohl... als auch...

Gute Nacht Runde (Evening Circle)

Morgenkreis (Morning Circle)

Tägliche Aufgaben / Rollenverteilung

Spiele

Lieder

Tsolife Tagebuch

wöchentliche Evaluation

Übergangsriten

Willkommens- und Abschiedszeremonien

Teilen

Zusammenkommen vorm Essen

"Buddy"

Kram:

Emotionen:

  • Wichtig zu Wissen über Emotionen: Sie kommen und gehen.

Wenn Jemand weint, laß es fließen. Versuche nicht zu trösten, sei einfach da. Und so weiter

Konflikte:

  • Nutze sie genau jetzt! Wenn sie aktuell sind. Jeder Konflikt ist eine Möglichkeit zu wachsen.

Kommunikation:

  • Sagen was gerade abgeht!

Und 80% davon ist ohne Worte...

Respekt:

  • Andere sind anders als wie Du. Du kannst Menschen nicht ändern.

Offenheit:

  • Interessiert sein an Anderen, sie kennenzulernen und zulassen daß sie dich kennenlernen.
  • Wirkliche Vernetzung zulassen (-> Persönliche Treffen, Austausch etc.)

Ehrlichkeit:

  • Ehrlich zu sein bedeutet nicht nur die Wahrheit anstelle der Lüge zu sagen.
  • Es kann genauso bedeuten die Wahrheit anstelle von garnichts zu sagen. (?)

Zeit:

  • Die Zeit anderer ist kostbar. Verschwende sie nicht indem du sie auf dich warten läßt.

Geduld:

  • Manchmal mußt du manche Dinge 3 Mal sage bis alle oder jemand es kapiert. Ist nun mal so! ;o)

Kritik/Feedback:

  • Gib das Feedback gleich. Wenn jemand etwas tut was du speziell magst oder nicht magst,
  • oder was auch immer sag es ihr/ihm
  • Andere können dir Dinge über dich sagen die du vielleicht nicht an dir siehst.

Mein Beitrag

  • ... Was kann ich Tsolife weitergeben? Der Gruppe? Zur Kultur oder den Traditionen?

Aktives Zuhören

  • Wird vor allem in Kreisen (Circles) praktiziert...Gib Raum und die Achtung der Person die gerade redet und hör zu.

Gut zu wissen.. über Gruppen:

Irgendwer
He’s always there. In the beginning he’s often lazy, but as group awareness grows, he starts to be more active. So don’t try send him away. He’ll come back anyway.

Analphabeten
In groups there are a lot of analphabets – don't count with anyone reading the note you put on the blackboard...


Erste Hilfe Set:

Küche Left alone in the kitchen and having to cook for 20 people? No problem. … GENERAL ADVICE… breathe three times deeply. Delegate potatoe peeling to somebody. … Here some first aid recipies. FILL IN DURING OC! (just a few examples already)

akute Konfliktsituation Krisenrat. Listen. Use NVC. Call Wam or Andra’s mother. MORE Hug (not always possible) FILL IN during CIC

- ‘unlösbares’ Problem does not exist… the problem is the solution. Observe and interact….

- Morgen bin ich Gärtner! .. and no idea for the morning circle? Here are some: look at the games and songs. Other activities: IDEAS fill in yourself during OC!!