While I was teaching and speaking in Australia, many of you expressed an interest in a specific activity that I designed to enhance social networking in any group. I almost always use this activity because everyone enjoys it and it gives everyone a chance to expand their thinking on any given subject.
I tend to use this activity when asking people to reflect on their life values and philosophy, but it can be used whenever you ask people to reflect on a subject. It can also be used with students as an SQ classroom activity.
I think you’ll enjoy the results.
This activity should take about 15 minutes in your classroom:
- Choose a subject for the team to reflect on.
- Ask them to write down their reflections on a storyboard.
- Give them a time limit to do so based on how complex the item is. I usually say 4-5 minutes. If it’s really complex, I watch until I notice that most of the people in the room are slowing down or have stopped writing.
- Explain that, ‘We do better together than we do apart.’
- Ask everyone to get a different colored pen than the one they used.
- Ask them to stand up.
- Explain that this will be a standing only exercise.
- Explain that the purpose or goal of the activity is to expand our thinking, our insights and our list of items.
- Ask people to, Intend to increase your items and expand your thinking and write down new insights or ideas that you feel you’re aligned with on your own sheet.
- Give them two minutes. Say, “Begin”.
- At 2 minutes, ring a bell or say, “Time. Thank your partner. And switch. Find another partner”.
- After 3 rounds ask the participants, “How many of you expanded your thoughts by a minimum of 15 items?” Or you could reduce this to 10 items or 5 items.
- Remind them that the goal is to expand their ideas or insights by a minimum of 15 items and they have one more round to do that.
- Give one more round and ask about their numbers again.
- Debrief with a discussion on how important it is to share and interact with others. It’s good to learn from everyone you meet as it always expands our thinking. End with a full room share.
I have written these notes into a take away activity you can download it here – Network Activity