Groupdynamics: creating a link with your neighbours

On November 16 in the multipurpose room at Le Nid, the CLTB team organised a training session on “group dynamic” for residents of completed projects and future residents. The goal of the training session was to start a conversation on how to make living in a CLTB building more inviting and joined as a community, how to get to know neighbors and how to advance in and manage group projects.

Breaking the ice

The meeting started with two ice breakers for fun, but also to get to know each other among the participants. The first was “Oui ou non” where the activity leader presented some statements to which the group responded “yes” or “no” by positioning themselves in the “yes” zone or the “no” zone of the room. For example, some of the statements were “I like to cook” and “I live in a CLTB project.” The second was “Les hauts et les bas” where each participant shared with the group a “high” or positive point and a “low” or negative point of the week. Before starting the training part of the meeting, meeting roles were assigned, including Facilitator, Time Keeper and Visual Memory Keeper.

Creating a link between neighbours

To reflect more on the idea of “convivialité,” or togetherness, the group did an activity of arranging actions that they could do to create connections with neighbours from “easy” to “difficult.” Participants wrote their ideas and anecdotes on some paper and they arranged them based on how easy or difficult they thought the action was. Some of the “easy” actions included meeting neighbours in common spaces, sharing meals, exchanging ideas and advice, and watching children or pets. Some of the more difficult actions included becoming friends with neighbours, organising a party, and sending a message to have tea together.

Tools for your co-ownership

Lastly, the team introduced “The steps of group maturity” in which the goal is to improve group cohesion among the residents of each housing project. There are six steps: [list]. Each participant chose a step that represented the current situation in their own project. Afterwards, participants had a discussion within each group about how to advance to the following step in order to achieve “group maturity.”

To conclude the training session, the participants shared a “rock,” a “nugget,” and something to expand on the next session. Lastly, one representative from each CLTB project received a glossary of tools to use at their own general meetings.

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