Let’s Play BounceBack: 12/14/17 – Being Different in North America


Unlike, dissimilar, incompatible, unfamiliar and conflicting are all synonyms for different. But so are original, distinct, individual and independent. It’s all a matter of perspective. We vary from the basics of color, shape, and size to the more complicated like religious belief, sexual preference, and physical/cognitive development. Many diverse people came to North America bringing their determination and skills to build the cities and communities that we now occupy. Our differences can challenge those of us who are different and those trying to understand and accept differences in others. Our response to differences will decide if North America is to be a melting pot or a mosaic?

This deck was created to stimulate thought and discussion about our differences. Work through the decks alone to practice applying the Skills & Attitudes of resilience to the challenges presented as well as those you may have encountered. Use in small groups at school, at recreational and church programs to teach methods of connecting and communicating despite differences. Use it in support groups to encourage sharing and to problem solve together. Use it to educate our future public service personnel.

For a better understanding of BounceBack, view our video on the right-hand side of this page.

BounceBack will be available for purchase via our website soon. We’d like to introduce you to BounceBack by playing a bi-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) game on our homepage using our free Downloadable Demonstration Deck.

Your Challenge Card from our Downloadable Demonstration Deck is featured above. Once you’ve dealt with the challenge, magnify your screen and take a close look at the bottom of the card. There you will see the Skills & Attitudes we feel might be most helpful in managing the scenario. You can also use other skills and attitudes that you find helpful as long as you can explain how you would apply them.  We challenge you to find new ways of responding to adversity.

Click on each image to enlarge.  Which of these Skills & Attitudes will you choose to apply?

Follow along alone, with a friend or a group. Talk to others and find out how they would respond. We can learn much from one another. But if we wish to learn from our experiences, we must first get through them.

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