Deep Speak *(Aust Pub)
Deep Speak is a set of 120 questions, each with its own beautifully designed card, plus a 32-page booklet of suggestions to explore the transformational power of simple questions.
Teachers, counsellors, therapists, social workers, parents and anyone who spends time with young people can use Deep Speak to build rich conversations about some of life's big questions, and some of the little quirky ones as well.
'These kinds of conversations assist young people to build the chapters of their life story making links with significant people and events, and navigating the feelings and emotions connected with these.'
From the foreword by Jo Haythorpe
2008. 120 laminated, full-colour cards (112 x 94mm) in a 235 x 100 x 34mm printed tin, 32-page booklet
Using Deep Speak
There are 120 cards in the Deep Speak set. This may be too many to spread out and scan all at once, as you may be accustomed to doing with other card sets published by Innovative Resources. The Deep Speak cards have been divided into six suits of 20 cards. The suits (Openers, Identity, Relationships, Values, Emotions and Beliefs) are identified by different colours with the name of the suit appearing in small print on the card. Facilitators can use the colour coding to make a quick selection of cards if they wish to focus the discussion on a particular theme.
For example, if the cards are being used with a new group, it may be helpful to concentrate on the Openers cards to begin with. This may help to establish trust and create a group synergy before taking the conversation deeper. Some groups may want to go directly to one of the other themes, for example, church groups may want to concentrate on some of the beliefs and values questions. Many of the questions could well be placed in several of the suits and facilitators will certainly see overlap between the themes. For this reason the suits are not strongly emphasised graphically, and of course, facilitators are free to mix and match between the suits as they choose.
Another approach to the cards is to make a random selection of cards. These can then be spread out and participants invited to choose one or more cards according to strategically chosen questions such as:
Which question would you most like the group to discuss?
Which question do you find most intriguing?
Which of the cards contains a question you would like to ask but never have?
Which question do you think others in your group would find most difficult to answer?
Another option is to build the cards into an activity which allows a group to deal with all the cards sequentially. The following section describes how such an activity can be developed as a simulation or a game that can be fun and enjoyable, but illuminating too, if taken seriously.