Topsy-Turvy is a method that mobilizes untapped energies and thoughts in order to come up with unique solutions to a problem.
It involves generating negative ideas and then reversing them to create positive solutions.
Topsy Turvy is described by Neill McKee (former Chief, PCIS, UNICEF Bangladesh) with Dr. Hermann Tillman and Dr. Maria Salas in their Visualization in Participatory Programs Manual (1993) used during planning processes for social mobilization and communication in UNICEF-supported programmes in Bangladesh. Using a combination of facilitation tools, VIPP has its roots from Latin America and Germany. These are derived from key works by Paulo Freire, Orlando Fals Borda and Eberhard Schnelle (Metaplan) among others.
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Photo Credit: Nancy White - Notes from a topsy-turvy session on “If you had to design a system for perfect failure of a community of researchers, what would it look like?”
Meena Arivananthan (meena.arivananthan [at] fao.org)