Whiteboard or similar, a computer with a connection to the Internet. The exercise can only be done digitally.
The power of language
The words and terms that we use in our internal communication influence our own (conscious and subconscious) perception and the way we approach our objectives in our project. In external communication, our terms describe our realities: they make people, needs, and (her:his)stories visible – or UNvisible. These terms influence the external perception of our topic and of our target group and therefore affect our impact.
To communicate effectively, it is helpful to answer the following question: What do we actually wish to achieve with our message? What assumptions does our audience already have about our field of work, and do we wish to reinforce or challenge these assumptions with our language?
What influence does our language have?
Discuss as a team what assumptions and images you would like to evoke in the minds of your audience (a target group, volunteers, partners, or society as a whole). What should your audience think about when they think of your project, your target group, migration, or inclusion?
Sit down together as a team and enter the terms into Google Image Search.
Discuss the results as a team. How do they influence the success of your project objective? What kind of inclusion and understanding do you promote?
SPECIAL TIP: CHANGING THE LANGUAGE AND INVENTING NEW TERMS
If you are not satisfied with a result, you can work within the team or in cooperation with potential participants to come up with and try out new terms. Creativity and courage are your best friends here. In fact, playing with words and inventing new terms is a lot of fun. In this way, you can challenge power dynamics and reduce the odds of evoking counter-productive assumptions or images in your audience due to the use of certain terms.