At a recent workshop, we asked participants to read a story about an elderly Aboriginal woman living in a little camp with her dogs on the edge of town (Sanders 2011, p.9). After reading the story we invited them to work in small groups to retell the story: once from a deficits perspective and once from an assets perspective.
The exercise worked very well – and was quite entertaining. There was a comic strip; a play; story telling using rocks, bark, leaves and sand; and a sort of analysis using concentric circles (with individual, family and community).
I think it highlighted the importance of how we look at a situation and was a highlight of the workshop.
Sanders, W. (2011). What’s working in Indigenous Affairs? A thirty year perspective. Our Place(41), 6-9. Available from www.icat.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ourplace41/index.html.