The Soulmate visioning exercise is a review tool that brings together individual visions of a world without child marriage, sharing with others. Then with people who share the same vision, discussing what has been achieved through the project and what is still to be done.
Step 1 Individual Drawing
Participants are asked first to close their eyes, and think of what they think ‘a happy life’ without child marriage would look like. For example:
- What does a Happy Family look like? Who would be in their household? Who would be in their wider family? What is their expression? How are they feeling to each other?
- What would each person be doing? What would each person have? Who gets the money? Who spends the money? What decisions would they make?
- What would the community look like? Who would be their friends? What does the community environment look like?
Participants then draw this vision on a sheet of paper in their notebook, still thinking further how they want things to be for themselves, their family and community.
!!Insert photos of drawings from the on-line discussion
Step 2 Finding soulmates
People share their visions on-line and decide how to into groups with people with the most similar views.
Step 3 Collective drawing
Each group then discusses what they think has been achieved (ring in red), and what remains to be done (ring in green). Adapting and adding to their own drawings to reflect their own views, and making sure the drawings are clear.
Each person takes a picture of their drawing and posts it to the group.
The elements of the visions of each person are noted by a group moderator in an Excel or Word sheet and posts it to the group.
Step 4 Movement Logo and name
15 minutes. Plenary 15 minutes.
This could be by process, by organisation or for the process as a whole.
Design a drawing with the main elements from the discussion
The logo, name and visions should be shared with the networks of each participant.
With their networks they should discuss which songs they can use, and how to change the words to better reflect the vision. As the movement ‘anthem’ or set of songs.