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Screening Democracy



In my upcoming book, "Screening Democracy: Empathy, Education, and the Transformative Power of Film," I examine the many ways in which film is a window into human behavior, decision-making, and conflict resolution. At Project My Voice, we believe that film is more than mere entertainment; it's a shared experience that can create new understandings of ourselves and the world around us. Communication coaching is one way we unlock the wisdom that our films and our audiences have to offer.


Role-Playing Exercises with S.C.A.R.F. Model: Imagine stepping into the shoes of characters, not to imitate but to unravel the nuances of your own social situations. The S.C.A.R.F. model (Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, Fairness) offers insights into individuals' responses in many different social contexts. As we enact scenes from films, audiences can explore the various S.C.A.R.F. elements at play. This exercise isn't about mimicking others; it's about recognizing our own emotional triggers, cultivating self-awareness, and fostering more empathetic communication.


Stakeholder Analysis with Empathy Mapping: Empathy isn't an innate trait; it's a skill that has to be nurtured. After a cinematic experience, audiences can delve into empathy maps, dissecting characters' emotional landscapes. Again, this isn't superficial comprehension; it's an opportunity to foster emotional intelligence, bridging gaps in communication and relationships.


Feedback Loops with the G.R.O.W. Model: Good communication requires good feedback. The G.R.O.W. Model (Goal, Reality, Options, Will) provides a structured framework for post-film discussions. Audiences can explore and interrogate characters' objectives, the realities they confront, the alternatives they had, and the choices they made. This method encourages deep analysis and reflection, nurturing a culture of continuous improvement.


Active Listening with the Three Levels of Listening:

Listening isn't merely about hearing words; it's about understanding the emotions and intentions behind them. The Three Levels of Listening (Internal Listening, Focused Listening, and Global Listening) are fundamental aspects of effective communication. Audiences aren't just taught to listen; they're trained to listen with depth and empathy, enhancing their capacity for effective communication.


Emotional Intelligence Training with the Six Seconds Model: Understanding and managing emotions is pivotal for empathy. The Six Seconds Model focuses on Know Yourself, Choose Yourself, and Give Yourself. Audiences engage in exercises to identify emotions, regulate reactions, and align actions with values. This comprehensive approach equips them to navigate the intricate landscape of human emotions.


Conflict Resolution Techniques with the Thomas-Kilmann Instrument: Conflict is part of life, but it need not be destructive. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) outlines five conflict-handling styles. By analyzing film scenes featuring conflict, audiences not only gain a deeper understanding of narratives but also acquire practical conflict resolution tools.


Integrating these coaching techniques into our educational programs isn't just about enhancing communication skills; it's about fundamentally reshaping the way individuals interact with the world. These methods inspire deeper human connection, enabling audiences to engage empathetically, think critically, and communicate productively even in the most challenging circumstances.


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