Zoom between worlds
This activity demonstrates how problematic it is to draw conclusions and take actions with limited information. It's only when we involve many perspectives that we get a good picture of what's really going on.
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Standing in a circle, each participant is given an illustrated card that tells one part of a story from a limited perspective. Without seeing each other's cards, the participants try to work out the correct sequence and reveal one coherent story.
Some will jump to conclusions based on the information they have while others try to gather as much information as possible. The participants describe what they see and re-order themselves until they think they have it right. Then, at the same time, they reveal their cards and the group can enjoy the visual "wow" effect.
Use it for active listening, giving clear and detailed information, experiencing message ambiguity
Use it for a seminar warm-up or after lunch reactivation
Use it for holistic understanding, interconnectedness, multiple models of the world
Use it for working towards a higher goal
Use it for sharing information and self-organizing
Use it for an easy way to get everyone involved
Use it for valuing diverse perspectives
|Participants (min / optimal / max)||Time needed (activity only)|
|5 / 16 / 32||10-15 mins|
|Two sets of large, illustrated cards|
(two different stories), 1 detailed
|Min. 160 sq. ft (14.9 sq. m)|
dependent on group size
|12.2 x 14 x 1.2 in|
(32 x 35.6 x 3 cm)
|4.8 lb (2.2 kg)|
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