Bodymapping

Published on September 22, 2018 by

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Why:

To get people to talk about long-term conditions

What:

This is a way of sharing people’s experiences of living with long term conditions or working out what issues are important to people

Time:

30 Minutes

Materials:

Large sheets of paper (cheap wallpaper works well), coloured post-it notes, pens

How:

In Small Groups

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Using anonymous “bodymaps” makes it safer and easier for people to contribute. On large sheets of paper draw outlines of a person (around a volunteer, if the paper is big enough) and stick these to the wall, table or floor. Participants then explain what bothers them about living with a condition to the facilitator, who then summarises their concerns on post-it notes and sticks them onto the body outlines in the relevant place (or next to a new heading). In this way, you build up a “map” of what is important to everyone. You can have different bodymaps for different age groups.

DOs AND DON’Ts

  • DO explain briefly what the aim is of the Bodymapping activity
  • DO note down what people say as a record for later
  • DON’T just focus on a few topics, say “great”, we’ve recorded that, what else is important”?
  • DO group similar post-it notes together

EXTRA RESOURCES

Frankel, L. (2011) A Co-design exploration: designing sensor-enabled exercise wear for aging, in Proceeding IASDR 2011, Ed. N.F.M. Roozenburg, L.L.Chen and P.J. Stappers, Delft, Nederland

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