Dollar Street

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Entire group


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Gapminder. (n.d.). Dollar street

There are a variety of ways that facilitators/educators can use the Dollar Street tool. For example, participants could choose a particular country and identify the similarities and differences between the families living at different income levels. Alternatively, they could identify similarities and differences between families living at similar income levels across different countries. They might note tangible things, such as items in their homes, the layout of their living spaces, etc., as well as more symbolic things, like their dreams as a family. Participants might also reflect on the similarities and differences that they notice with their own homes and families. Whichever direction the facilitator chooses, they should end with a debriefing. Facilitators could use the following questions, or come up with their own:

  • How did you feel as you were using this tool?
  • Did you discover anything that surprised you? 
  • What types of similarities did you identify across families? What about differences?
  • Did there seem to be more differences based on income level or based on the country in which the family lived? Why do you think that's the case?
  • Did you identify any similarities between these families/homes and your own family/home? What were they?
  • After using this tool, what did you learn about cultural similarities and differences?

Note: If working with participants who are in polarization, the facilitator may want to focus more on similarities. If working with participants who are in minimization, the facilitator may want to focus more on differences. The facilitator should also be careful to not reinforce stereotypes about particular countries or groups of people while using this tool.