Peeling the Onion

Pull apart the layers of a problem in your classroom, school or community. Look at the history of the problem, the needs and interests of everyone involved, tipping points, and potential collaborations. Peeling the onion is about making the problems small and manageable after you’ve pulled away the layers to get to the essence of the problem. In the outline of the onion, name all the layers of the problem and then put small solutions or improvements around the outline to help youth understand that even problems that feel big can be handled productively.