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The Expression of Needs

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
Communication
Conflict management
Personal development

An educational and playful tool designed as a medium for the identification, expression and reflection of human needs.

Methodology: 

The tool can be used in a multitude of different ways. For example, it is an excellent support as part of a lesson on nonviolent communication (where it is recommended that we express our own needs instead of what another person “has done to us”).

Step by step process: 

The tool can be used for many lessons or games. Here is an overview of the possibilities;

What is a need?
Do we need emotions?
Is it a need or desire?
Connecting to ourselves and getting into action
How to reconcile our own needs with the needs of others?
Nonviolent communication
Do I answer to my need, myself, or society’s dictate?
The classification of needs.

Materials and resources: 

The “Expression of needs” cards only.

Evaluation: 

We have evaluated this tool and it has been a general success with the public.
Advantages : Easy to use, adaptable to a single person or to groups of different sizes. Very affordable price!
Limitations : We would like to integrate more lessons and games.

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