Due to Covid-19 people face loneliness. We explorered poetry as a universal form of expression in transcultural digital workshops .
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In the times of Covid-19-Pandemic, people suffer from loneliness, sometimes depression. Poetry is a universal form of expression. How can a transcultural sign of connectedness be set in the creation of poem-collages on the theme of hope? In transnational digital workshops we developed and presented poetic creations to each other and shared impressions and experiences. We have explored poetry in adult education in various contexts before: in basic education, in literacy classes for adults, in language classes for migrants and refugees, but also as a specific art-based approach to reflecting on a particular topic. The method of poem-collages is very simple: You determine a topic to be dealt with, take a book and select words or word combinations from one or several pages, combine them and create a poem. Or you take a magazine and choose words, word combinations and pictures from it (see example uploaded).
In poems people reveal a lot about themselves, so it is extremely important that the poetic creations are not judged when people introduce them to each other, but are discussed with appreciation.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I am a pedagogue and intercultural mediator, CEO of the Global Institute for Transcultural Research, President of Catholic Adult Education in Germany, very interested in resource-oriented and appreciative approaches in adult education. I edit and publish a lot, focused on pedagogy, in particular on the further education and books on intercultural and transnational issues, Culture and Positive Psychology 1.0 and 2.0.