Smile Acts in Action

The second meeting for Smile Acts was rooted in initiative taking by the SMILErs and was coordinated and conducted almost entirely by the volunteers on 16th October,2010. The day began with a reiteration of the objectives of the Smile Foundation which is self awareness and self realisation. The volunteers, who are all members of the Smile Acts society, expressed their understanding of the objective of the society. A brief, but interesting discussion about having to step out of one’s comfort zone followed. Volunteers claimed that it would either be to prove a point, for incentives or simply because the circumstances demanded them to do so. An hour into the meeting, there was an agenda setting for the workshops to follow. It was unanimously decided that the team would come up with themes on social issues which it could prepare street plays on. A rough division of the team into production, direction and performance was also carried out, but it was decided that for starters everyone would pitch in ideas for all departments. The most energizing part of the workshop was the ‘Trust Walk’ that the facilitators organized. Blindfolded volunteers walked around a park, guided by other blindfolded members of the team. The process helped in rediscovering their senses and an unconscious development of trust with their co-volunteers. The activity proved to be an eye-opener for most, as they understood the dynamics of a team. The second half of the day saw the inception of probable themes for street plays. Stories on alternative sexuality, shopaholics and senior citizens were seen in their nascent forms. The day ended with the Smilers putting up a short skit on homosexuality. The next meeting is scheduled  to take place in the first week of November.

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