TOOL 2.2 – THE BLIND DRIVING WITH PHOTOGRAPH

AIMS OF THE ACTIVITY
The goal through the classic game of driving a person with closed eyes is to experience our way of helping/care relationship and our difficulties, both when we have to take care of some one end when we have to entrust someone. You can check by observing the game how driving style (hand on his shoulder, holding hands, girded to west … the speed, rhythm and so on.) responds to the needs or our idea of helping/care relationship etc.
DESCRIPTION / METHODOLOGY
The game should be done in an open space. It asks participants to choose to form pairs, the premise is that no one is obliged to participate in the game (for some people to be guided with closed eyes is very difficult). It is explained that for three minutes a person will drive the other with their closed eyes (possibly not blindfolded but closed in order not to put in place a form too directive)  and when the facilitator give the signal the roles will reverse for another 3 minutes. It also asks to do the exercise without talking to favour a more intimate situation in the pair. To the traditional blind guide you can add the photography, it’s means that we agree on one point of the body, such as the back, where there is a button that when is pushed, is the signal for the person with the eyes closed to open and close the eyes quickly, creating a sort of Camera effect. So that the guide will give to his/her partner some images of the other person, or also allows the partner to touch something or let him/her feel the scents or sounds. In this way we enrich the time of driving with the subjectively chosen gifts for the person and we make more complete the metaphor of the helping/care relationship.

In the debriefing you can explore the emotions experienced, ask which of the two roles experienced, people have felt most in need and why. Finally, you will be able to reflect, even throughout external observation of the facilitator, on driving styles, on what the couple has reproduced the course of conduct between the first and the second time, the adequacy of the style of rhythms and autonomy in relation to the other’s needs and so on.

SUGGESTED TIMING
30 minutes debriefing included
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES NEEDED
 
COMPETENCES DEVELOPED
The construction of the relationship of trust

The styles of the helping/care relationship

The construction of the relation on the need of the other