Positive Change Canvas


Positive Change Canvas

Timing: Up to 60 minutes (depending on the number of people)


Download & print Positive Change Canvas from; have Sharpies or pens for participants. Can be used individually or in larger groups of people.


  • Positive Change Canvas is a technique based on Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Psychology to discover a positive change. It can be used as part of Futurespective.
  • Make the group sit in a circle, and hand out printed canvas and a sharpie/pen to everyone. Remind everyone to write legibly.
  • Set the timer to 5 min and start with STEP 1. After 5 min, rotate canvases clockwise, set the timer to 4 min, and proceed with STEP 2.
  • A reminder that STEP 2 is based on content in STEP 1.
  • After 4 min, rotate canvases clockwise, set the timer to 3 min, and proceed with STEP 3.
  • As before, remember that STEP 3 is based on content in STEP 2.
  • After 3 min make sure the author receives back his canvas which now should contain content in every step.
  • Now give people a few minutes to review their content and ask someone to share. Do so with few people.

Learning Points

The main point is that other people look at your positive stuff and propose improvements on top of that. The shifted perspective does miracles! Give it a try!

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This content was originally published on Tasty Cupcakes, a community-run website founded by Michael McCullough and Don McGreal after they presented a series of games at Agile2008 in Toronto. The site’s tagline was “fuel for invention and learning.” After 15 years at, the content has found a new permanent home here at Agile Alliance.

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