Think through specific circumstances ahead of time. This will take some imagination, but could be a great exercise for group participation. Imagine personal scenarios that could possibly come about in the very difficult circumstances described above that we know the world is going to face at some point in time.
- Have someone state the scenario.
- Have members write down their immediate personal reaction.
- From this, create a list of possible actions to take.
- Discuss the consequences of each possibility on the list.
- Create variations along the way… if this, then that.
- Decide upon the most likely response as a group.
- Ask how many reactions would have been different than the group response.
- Repeat as much as possible.
This is a valuable exercise to go along with the previous section. Even if none of the scenarios your group comes up with ever happen, you will develop priorities, and a way of more quickly analyzing circumstances to make decisions about what your response should be. You will already have much of the thinking done to help avoid making choices based on simple emotional reactions when the time does come.