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This is a practical, dynamic and versatile method for groups to explore ideas and questions together. Something like a physical questionnaire; participants respond to questions by walking around the space and placing themselves on an imaginary line. This provides a starting point for reflection and discussion, and brings teams together.
Decide on the purpose and focus of the session. You can do this with or without the input of the group.
Write at least five questions centred around a topic. The participants are going to place themselves along a line depending on their answer to a questions or how much they agree with a statement. For example, if the focus is on how well the team is working together. You might ask:
This is a versatile session that is useful for team building but can be adapted to many other focuses. For example: exploring values; confidence with digital tools; feedback on sessions; debating contentious issues; etc.
Set up the room so there is enough space for everyone to stand along an imaginary line. Explain the concept of the session to the group, designating one side of the room as “0” and the other side as “10”.
Ask the first question.
Giving the participants a few seconds to arrange themselves along the line.
Get them to discuss their answer to the question with someone nearby. Why did they place themselves there? How do they feel about it? What needs to change?
Now take some time for the whole group to hear from people at different points on the line. Ideally as many as you have time for, but at least one from each extreme and one somewhere in the middle.
If this step breaks out into a discussion then that’s great. The purpose is to get a group talking about the things they need to talk about. Give them as much time as you have.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have used all of your prepared questions, or the time is nearly up.
Before closing the session ask the group to define and write down any key actions that emerged through discussion. They should assign a person and a deadline to each action.
The purpose of this simple exercise is to demonstrate three key principles useful for creativity and idea generation: quantity is a condition for quality; building on the ideas of others; the ideas we come up with are usually all the same. The format is simple, with small groups standing and drawing apples. At the end of the exercise the whole group reflects and draws out learnings and reflections.
IDOARRT is a simple tool to support you to lead an effective meeting or group process by setting out clear purpose, structure and goals at the very beginning. It aims to enable all participants to understand every aspect of the meeting or process, which creates the security of a common ground to start from. The acronym stands for Intention, Desired Outcome, Agenda, Rules, Roles and Responsibilities and Time.
A short activity to run early in a program, focused on sharing fears, anxieties and uncertainties related to the program theme. The purpose is to create openness within a group. The stinky fish is a metaphor for "that thing that you carry around but don’t like to talk about; but the longer you hide it, the stinkier it gets." By putting stinky fish (fears and anxieties) on the table, participants begin relate to each other, become more comfortable sharing, and identify a clear area for development and learning.
A team-building activity in which a group is challenged to physically support one another in an endeavor to move from one end of a space to another. It requires working together creatively and strategically in order to solve a practical, physical problem. It tends to emphasize group communication, cooperation, leadership and membership, patience and problem-solving.
This workshop aims to help participants define, decide and achieve their goals. By supporting participants to envision where they want to be in a number of years on a holistic level, and defining the steps that will take them there, participants get a clearer picture of the action they need to take.
This exercise is useful for bringing groups together, to create interpersonal bonds, and to build trust. Participants stand opposite each other and have 30 seconds to give appreciative feedback to the other person. The group rotates until everyone has given feedback to everyone else. It is often used as part of wrap-up activities, to create an energized feeling to leave with.