- The role of an animator is rarely given a formal title within a group. However within most successful groups there will be at least one animator. These are people who bring new ideas, enthusiasm and a vision for making change possible. They rarely push themselves forward but have a real concern for the well-being and progress of the group. They don’t just talk about new ideas, they make them happen practically.
- Animators believe in the potential of people in their communities and help provide the energy that is needed for change.
Tools and guides
The special role of animators
How to encourage people who bring new ideas, enthusiasm and a vision for change
From: Pillars guides
Practical, discussion-based learning on community development for small groups
- Discuss the idea of the role of an animator. Do participants agree that these people are usually found in each group? How often are they the Chairperson?
- Are all development workers in NGOs and Church organisations animators?
- List the qualities an animator may have. Start by mentioning:
- Can these qualities be learnt and developed in someone?
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