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Zines

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Ingredients

Coloured paper Have enough sheets of paper for each participant.
Pens
Markers
Stickers And any other crafty material you may want to use.
Post-its
2 Runners

Nutritional information

Harvesting
Creativity
Team building
Reflection
Connection

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Zines

If all else fails, there's always print or web zines. — Rudy Rucker

  • 1.5 hours
  • Serves 10
  • Medium

Ingredients

Directions

A mini-pamphlet to harvest and capture meaning.

Zines (pronunciation: “zeens,” short for “magazines”) are small, independent publications in the form of mini-pamphlet or magazines. They are easy and inexpensive to make and are a great creative tool to capture the experience for a particular event, gathering, or community. Creating a zine with your team or event participants is a powerful and rewarding way to unleash creativity whilst capturing the essence of the group and gathering. It is also a useful tool for people involved to harvest their experience and absorb it fully.

*Image © Greta Rossi

Steps

1
Done
15'

Gathering ideas

Hand out a few post-its or slips of paper to the participants and ask them to jot down key moments from the experience, breakthroughs, things they enjoyed, powerful concepts, etc. One insight per post-it. They should do this by themselves and in silence.

As they start jotting down ideas, ask two volunteers to help us as runners to pick up the various post-its and cluster them in relevant groups on a wall. Once all post-its are up, briefly read out the main clusters so that everyone has an idea of what is there.

2
Done
5'

Creating groups

Let participants self-organise into small groups where each of them takes on a cluster or two and prepares a few pages for the zine.

3
Done
40'

Creating the pages

Hand out the coloured paper, pens, markers, and other crafty materials to each group so they can prepare their pages. Remind them that they can be as creative as they wish: the zine can contain poems and songs, graphs and charts, concepts and ideas, drawings and infographics.

4
Done
15'

Collecting the pages

Collect all the pages and place them onto the floor so that the group can decide on the order for the zine.

5
Done
15'

Copying and sharing

Once the zine has been finalised, you can copy it and sharing it with all participants (either physically or digitally is fine). Now everyone has a creative memory of the experience you went through together!

Greta Rossi

Chief Empathy Officer at Akasha Innovation. Co-founder of ImpactAimers and Recipes for Wellbeing. Regional Coordinator for Ashoka's ChangemakerXchange. Youth coach and FRSA.

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