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Earth Charter Affiliate in the Netherlands tests new game with Earth Charter values

Earth Charter Affiliate from the Netherlands Inner Sense’s Brigitte van Baren has modified a game she created, called “Show Your True Colours” by including Earth Charter values. This past week, she offered a workshop at the Avans Business College in Breda, the Netherlands, where she was able to use the modified version of her game that includes the Earth Charter. This workshop was organized during the Avans College Week of Sustainability in October 2015, a week of events related to sustainability.

The Earth Charter Show Your True Colors workshop was an interactive session during which participants played the Show Your True Colors game that Brigitte had modified with Earth Charter values. The session allowed the participants to look at different situations from a variety of perspectives derived from the principles of the Earth Charter and related to concrete examples. An assessment of personal qualities of individual participants led to them identifying specific principles of the Earth Charter and enabled both the teachers and students to define follow-up actions through dialogue. In general, the personal insights from participants encouraged them to think about actions they could take regarding environmental conservation and increased and improved communication with other people, communities, and the Earth itself.

The workshop was a success and participants came away with new knowledge, perspectives, and inspiration. Here are a few statements by participants:

“The exercise is a very nice way to learn more about yourself and others.”
“The workshop has given me more insight about society and how important your own actions in it are.”
“The session will make me think twice about the environmental aspects of everyday things.”

For those who are interested in working with the Show Your True Colours Method – Earth Charter version, you can contact Brigitte van Baren: [email protected] 

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