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Triggering Awareness

Draw your POV

Name of exercise

Draw your POV

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☒ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☒ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☒ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– To get to know each other
– To get the participants in the sharing of stories mood
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Encouraging imagination
– Encouraging creative thinking

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☒ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Individual and group

Material needed

The set of POV-pictures, a paper and pencil to draw (or other materials, for example clay)

Preparation

Put all pictures on the table (or on the ground if no table available)

Step by step description

Invite the participants to look at the set of pictures and pick one. Give them 5 minutes to draw inspiration from that picture. Support them by inviting to think of an ideal situation in the future. ‘What would you like to experience?’ ‘What is your biggest dream?’

Then ask them to get a paper and to start drawing their own POV.

Stress that it isn’t about the artistic quality of the drawing. Give them 10 to 15 minutes to draw their story.

Invite the participants to put their drawings on the table (or the ground). Then ask participants to pick one (not their own). When they pick one, they first explain why they pick that specific drawing. Then the creator of the drawing shares the story behind the drawing. Continue untill all drawings are picked.

Closing up

 

Reflect on the exercise with participants and make notes.

– How was it to make up a story and to draw it?
– Have you ever made such a POV before?

Thank everybody for their drawings and stories.

Tips for the facilitator

– Safeguard the intimate space when the participants make the drawing.

Triggering Awareness

Look and stick

Name of exercise

Look and stick

Picture set category

☒ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☒ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☒ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Getting to know yourself
– Getting to know the other
– Learning to reflect on choices
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The poster of Flat-pictures (3×3 Instagram grids), stickers in colours, 1 colour per participant or post-its to write a name on

Preparation

Hang the set of Flat-pictures on a wall

Step by step description

Give all participants 1 sticker in their own colour or a post-it (and ask them to write their name on the post-it).

Ask them to look at the matrix of Instagram-pictures in front of them. Invite them to stick their stickers/post-its on the set of pictures they like the most.

After they made their choice, ask them the following questions, one by one. Ask the rest of the group to listen and to refrain from commenting.

– Why did you choose this set?
– What do you see on the pictures?
– What was it like to choose a set to put your sticker on?

Then open the discussion, using the following questions:

– Are there any sets with more stickers with different colours?
– How come?
– Are there a lot of sets with only one sticker? How come?

Closing up

Reflect on the exercise by asking participants how they experienced this exercise and what they noticed.

Thank the participants for being open towards each other and challenge them to keep this openness or to open up even more in the exercises that follow.

Tips for the facilitator

– See what kind of group dynamics arise in the group and notice if there’s sufficient safety and equality. If not, consider some other team and trust building exercises.
– This exercise is mostly about the surprise element, getting to know a picture and getting to know each other beyond the surface, not so much about going into a deep conservation.

Triggering Awareness

Make your own, make the others

Name of exercise

Make your own, make the others

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☒ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☐ 6. Personal development
☒ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Learn to express yourself
– Learn to listen to the other
– To get to know each other
– Sharing of stories, memories
– Finding Common Ground

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☒ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

In couples

Material needed

The set of Flat-pictures I (3×3 Instagram Grid – own profile)

Preparation

Take care that you have enough pictures available to do the exercise.

Step by step description

Make pairs. Give the first assignment:

               Make your own profile

Participants may choose 9 pictures from their phones, the Internet (or offline: from magazines) and make their own profile. They have 15 min. to do so. After that they must explain their choices to their partner using memories, opinions etc. Participants have 10 min. to talk about it.

       Make your partner’s profile

Based on the previous discussion, participants start interviewing each other for 15 min. After that they make a profile of the other. They have an additional 15 min. to do so. Once the new profiles are finished, participants show the profiles to each other, explaining their choices and discussing them. Then participants have 15 min. to talk about the new profiles.

Closing up

Ask participants to return to the circle and ask them to share something they experienced. Point out where prejudices and stereotypes entered the exercises (if so) and highlight the bridges that were built. Thank the participants for their openness.

Tips for the facilitator

– Be aware that this exercise may evoke strong emotions. Prepare yourself for this.
– Consider a break between assignment 1 and assignment 2.
– Set the rules: for example: no comments when the profiles are presented, keep the comments for the discussion.

Triggering Awareness

Pick & Explain

Name of exercise

Pick & Explain

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☒ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☒ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Encourage creative thinking
– Learning to respect others’ opinions
– Learning to reflect on choices

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Postcards

Preparation

Place the set of postcards on a table (or on the floor when there’s no table available)

Step by step description

Invite the participants to take a look at the postcards and to pick the postcard they feel drawn to. Ask the participants one by one to describe what they see, i.e. to something about the actor(s), the scenery and other things that can be seen on the picture. Ask the rest of the group not to comment during the description.

After the postcard is described, ask the group if they see the same or if they see other things on the postcards.

Continue with the next participant and repeat this until every participant has picked and described a postcard.

Closing up

Point out that everybody might see something else in a certain picture and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Make participants aware of the fact that there are different views and that this is something to cherish. Stress the importance of listening to the story of the other.

Tips for the facilitator

– Don’t reflect too long, because in exercise 3.2 (ADD NAME!!!!!) further depth will be sought after.
– Take care that participants do not all pick the same postcard and repeat each other. If this happens, just ask them to pick another postcard as well.

Triggering Awareness

Pick & send

Name of exercise

Pick & send

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☒ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☒ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Triggering memories connected to people
– Learning to listen
– Learning to reflect on choices
– To train self-expression skills
– Triggering (universal) emotions

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☒ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Postcards

Preparation

Place the set of postcards on a table (or on the floor if no table is available)

Step by step description

Invite all participants to take a look at the pictures and pick the  postcard they would like to send to someone else.

Invite participants to write down a message for that person, either on the postcard itself or on a seperate paper (in case you want to use the postcards again). Give them 5 to 10 minutes to do that.

Then ask everybody – one by one– to share to which person they would like to send the postcard and why. If participants feel like it, they may share the text they wrote on the postcard (or the separate paper).

Ask the rest of the group not to comment.

Closing up

Gather all participants in a circle, and ask them to react on what was shared. Thank them for being open and sincere.

Tips for the facilitator

– This exercise might trigger strong emotions, be prepared for it.
– You can direct the exercise by starting to share to whom you would like to send a postcard. By using a light example (a friend who I always like to have lunch with) or a heavier one (my mother who always supported me but who is ill now) you can steer the group in a certain direction.
– Never push someone to share something. Everything that is shared should be shared voluntarily.

Triggering Awareness

Pick & tell

Name of exercise

Pick & tell

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☒ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Encouraging the imagination
– Learning to reflect on choices

Duration

☒ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Postcards

Preparation

Place the set of postcards on a table (or on the floor if no table is available)

Step by step description

Invite participants to take a look at the postcards and pick the postcard they feel drawn to. Avoid that participants pick the same postcard, for example by putting just one copy of each postcard on the table. Ask the participants one by one to share a story of what they think the creator of the postcard (photographer/painter etc.) wants to share with his/her audience. Ask the rest of the group not to comment during the description.

After the story of the postcard is shared, ask the group if they see the same or if they feel the same story behind the picture on the postcard.

Continue with the next participant and repeat this until every participant picked and shared a story around a postcard.

Closing up

– Point out that everybody might feel another story behind a certain postcard.
– Make participants aware of the fact that there are different views, that this is something to cherish and that different stories can lead to different messages. Stress the importance of appreciative and non judgemental listening to the story of the other.

Tips for the facilitator

– With this question we go a step deeper because more variation in messages is likely to occur. Imagination starts to kick in.

– Take care that the listening really is non judgemental. As soon as you notice things to be judgemental, stop the exercises and start the discussion about being (non)-judgemental.

Triggering Awareness

Postcard Picture Dream Date​

Name of exercise

Postcard Picture Dream Date

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☒ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☒ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Learning to reflect on choices
– Sharing of stories, memories
– Triggering dreams in an intimate space
– Making it easy for participants to share

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☒ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group and later in couples.

Material needed

The set of Postcards, enough chairs, a wall to stick the postcards on.

Preparation

Look at the postcards and decide if you want to use all postcards, with your objective in mind.

Step by step description

 

Ask all participants to pick one postcard, with their future in their mind. This can be a dream, a future plan or a wish. Put these postcards next to each other on the wall and ask the participants to explain their choices. Then ask the group to choose their three favourite postcards from there. This can be done by voting; give everybody three votes.

Then make two rows of chairs facing each other and ask participants to sit down. Then ask them to share a dream with the person in front of him/her based on the first postcards. Give them two minutes. Then the other person will share a dream for two minutes.

Then ask everyone in one row to move up a place (the person on the front seat must walk to the rear seat). The new partners now share another dream based on the second postcard, again two minutes for one and two minutes for the other.

This is repeated until postcard three.

Closing up

Gather the group in a circle and ask them to share. Ask if anyone has anything to share or comment on something he/she has heard. In the latter case he/she must first request permission.

You can use the triggered dreams to continue working on stories.

Tips for the facilitator

– Always take care that all participants feel safe.
– If you feel they have a lot to share, don’t stick too strictly to the two minutes.
– Be aware that the first round is usually a bit awkward for participants. However, after the first round the uneasiness tends to disappear.
– Don’t listen to the stories yourself, respect the intimate space.
– If you have an uneven number of participants, ask one participant each round to observe from a distance.
– Don’t participate yourself (also counts for co-trainers).

Triggering Awareness

POV on you

Name of exercise

POV on you

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☒ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☒ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☒ 5. Triggering creativity
☐ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☒ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Encourage the imagination
– Encourage creative thinking
– To get the participants in the sharing of stories mood
– To encourage collaboration
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group and couples

Material needed

The set of POV-pictures

Preparation

Put the pictures in a badge that can be attached to a shirt

Step by step description

Give all participants two pictures in a badge. Ask the participants to look at the two pictures and to choose one. Invite all participants to share one by one with the group what story, either personal or fictional, is triggered by the picture. Phrase it like: ‘Tell us what you are doing here’.

Then ask them to look at the other picture again to get an idea of what is happing in that picture. Then let them take a look at the group and ask them to hand the picture to someone else, the one the participant matches with the picture the most. Do this one by one and invite participants to shortly explain why they gave the picture to the other, specifically. Ensure that everyone gets another picture and avoid that certain participants get several pictures.

Invite all participants to take a look at the picture they got and to share a little story again, based on the question: ‘What are you doing here?’ Of course, they may use the message they received with the picture.

Closing up

Evaluate the exercise shortly and inform what the process of finding a picture-person match was like, and how the experience of getting a picture from someone else with a message was.

Tips for the facilitator

– You can do this exercise in phases as well. For example, start with the first round and invite participants to give the second picture to another participant during a break.
– Try avoiding that participants only exchange pictures with someone they already know very well. You can even request to give it to someone they do not know or don’t know very well.

Triggering Awareness

Press and explain

Name of exercise

Press and explain

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☒ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☒ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Create focus
– Self expression
– Raising awareness on different interpretations/different stories
– Learning to look
– Learning to listen

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Press-pictures

Preparation

Use the set of Press-pictures

Step by step description

Arrange participants into a circle. Stand in front of them holding the press pictures. Show participants one picture for 10 seconds. Ask one participant to explain what he/she thinks he/she has seen. The other participants must listen.

After the participant has described the picture, you can ask if the other participants saw the same or have another story. Keep the discussion short (let one or two other participants talk).

Repeat this untill all participants have dealt with a picture.

Closing up

Close the exercise by asking participants to analyse what happened.

Point out that one picture can have many interpretations.

Tips for the facilitator

– Consider starting this exercise with holding one picture up and asking “news or poetry?” as a warming up activity.
– Consider showing the picture to only one person with the other participants standing behind you and unable to see the picture. Ask the group to guess what is on the picture based on the description of the participant that saw the picture.

Triggering Awareness

Press and express

Name of exercise

Press and express

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☒ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☒ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☒ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☒ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Create focus
– Self expression
– Raising awareness on different interpretations/different stories
– Learning to look and analyse
– Learning to listen and analyse

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☒ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Press-pictures

Preparation

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Step by step description

Place participants in a circle. One participant stands in front of them.

Show this participant one picture for 10 seconds. Ask this participant to show what he/she thinks he/she has seen, without words. The other participants look and listen.

After the participant shows how he/she interpreted the picture, using his/her body/face/movement (sounds are also allowed), you ask the other participants what they think is on the picture. Let them explain how they came to a certain conclusion. Keep the discussion short (let a maximum of four other participants talk).

Repeat untill all participants have dealt with a picture.

Closing up

Close the exercise by asking participants to analyse what happened.

Point out that one picture can lead to many different interpretations. Also point out that communication does not only happen through words. The movement of the face and the body give plenty of

information as well.

Tips for the facilitator

 

– This exercise also encourages participants to use the body.
– Be aware that this exercise can be challenging for some participants, for it requires creativity and the ability to translate images into body/facial movement. For that reason it is advisable to do this exercise only when there is trust and respect within the group.

Triggering Awareness

Press and feel

Name of exercise

Press and feel

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☒ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☐ 6. Personal development
☒ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Create focus
– Getting to know each other
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– To get the participants in the mood for sharing stories

Duration

☒ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Press-pictures

Preparation

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Step by step description

Ask participants to stand in a circle. Stand in front of them, holding the press pictures. Show participants one picture for 10 seconds. Ask one participant to share what he or she experienced while looking at the picture: what memories did it trigger? The other participants listen.

When the participant shares the feeling/emotion/experience evoked by the picture, you can ask if the picture triggered other feelings/emotions/experiences amongst other participants. Let one other participant share a feeling/emotion/experience.

Repeat this untill all participants have dealt with a picture and all participants have reacted to the expression of someone else.

Closing up

Close the exercise by asking participants to analyse what happened.

Try to get them at a level of thinking about how pictures trigger feelings and emotions and how this can be connected to someone’s history or background. Point out that one picture can lead to many different memories and stories.

Tips for the facilitator

 

– This can built upon the previous exercise (Press and Tell). The exercise goes deeper than the previous one, but it can also be that someone doesn’t have a bodily connection with how it is interpreted. You can consider mixing this exercise with Press and Explain and Press and Tell, starting with Press and Explain, changing halfway to Press and Tell and finilizing with Press and Feel.
– Beware that this exercise may trigger strong emotions. Be prepared for this.
– Take care that every participant shares a feeling or emotion following a first description of a feeling/emotion based on the picture.

Triggering Awareness

Press and tell

Name of exercise

Press and tell

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☒ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☒ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☒ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Create focus
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Trigger imagination
– Encourage creative thinking
– Raising awareness of different interpretations/different stories

Duration

☒ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The set of Press-pictures

Preparation

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Step by step description

Ask the participants to stand in a circle. Stand in front of them, holding the press pictures. Show the participants one picture for 10 seconds. Ask one participant to share the story that he/she thinks is behind the picture. The other participants listen.

After the participant has shared his/her interpretation of the story behind the picture, you can ask if the other participants felt the same or have another story in mind. Keep the discussion short (let one or two other participants talk).

Repeat this untill all participants have dealt with a picture.

Closing up

Close the exercise by asking the participants to analyse what happened. Point out that one picture can lead to many different interpretations and stories and that everybody has his/her own story.

Tips for the facilitator

– This exercises can be done straight after Press and Explain. You might consider mixing the two.
– Consider starting this exercise with holding one picture up and asking “news or poetry?” as a warming up.
– Consider showing the picture only to one person with the other participants standing behind you and unable to see the picture. Ask the group to guess what is on the picture, based on the story of the participant that saw the picture.

Triggering Awareness

Random story

Name of exercise

Random story

Picture set category

☒ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☒ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☒ 5. Triggering creativity
☐ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☒ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Encourage creative thinking
– Encourage the imagination
– Learning to listen
– Learning to express
– To get the participants in the mood for sharing stories

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group around a table

Material needed

The set of Flat-pictures II

Preparation

Place all pictures upside down on the table (or on the floor when no table is available)

Step by step description

Invite participants to sit around the table. Ask one of them to turn around one of the cards and to briefly describe what he/she sees on the picture.

Then ask the participant to start telling a story, involving the picture on the card. Tell the participant to use a couple of sentences and to stop at a decisive moment. Then invite the second participant to turn the next card, describe the picture shortly and to continue the story.

Repeat this until all participants added to the story. If the participants are enthousiast, add another round.

Closing up

Reflect on the exercise by asking the following questions.

– Did you like this exercise? Why? Why not?
– What was it like to make up a story based on unknown pictures?
– Was it difficult to continue the story made up by someone else?

Tips for the facilitator

 

– This exercise is a very good method for triggering creativity. Participants have a picture and a story to follow, giving people less able to create a story an additional tool to rely on.
– Often, this exercise helps you feel what the group is like. Some groups make very funny stories and really want to laugh. Other groups keep adding serious notes. Don’t try to influence this process, just obeserve and use your observations in the following exercises.
– This exercise provides you with a clear insight into the participant’s ability to think creatively. Some participants will come up with their part of the story easily, while others will have more difficulties. Give all participants the space to come up with the story that is within their capacity.

Triggering Awareness

Swap your POV

Name of exercise

Swap your POV

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☒ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☒ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☐ 6. Personal development
☒ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– To get to know each other
– To encourage collaboration
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Sharing stories, memories
– Encourage creative thinking

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☐ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☒ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

In couples

Material needed

The set of POV-pictures

Preparation

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Step by step description

 

Ask all participants to choose a POV picture and to think of a personal story, something the participant experienced (a memory). Give them 10 minutes to pick the picture and to write the story they would like to share down.

Then make couples, and name everybody A. or B. (or better B. and C., if you don’t want this to be related to first and second).

Ask the A.’s to share their stories and the B.’s to listen carefully and to make notes. These notes are about the strengths and the talents they hear in the story. When A. finishes his/her story, A. and B. discuss what B. wrote down. (circa 10 minutes)

Then the B.’s share their stories and the A.’s listen carefully and make notes. Again, the strengths and talents are discussed. (circa 10 minutes)

After the discussions, participants swap their pictures, so  (A. gives his/her picture to B. and vice versa.) The participants now have to create a new story, but this time regarding dreams or future wishes, using the new picture and using the strengths and talents they just heard and discussed. Give the participants 10 – 15 minutes to make this new story.

All new stories are shared in the circle.

Closing up

 

End the exercise by asking the participants how they experienced this exercise, what they learned from it and how they now see the other. Close the exercise with underlining the importance of appreciative listening, without judgement and focusing on the positive characteristics instead of the negative ones.

Tips for the facilitator

 

– Make sure you let the participants work in mixed couples, without emphasizing too much the differences.
– Be aware that certainly the second step, making a future story/dream story might be difficult for some participants. In that case, try to narrow it down to a practical question like: how would you like to see your future in terms of family, job, etc.?
– Ensure the couples are as mixed as possible, in case your aim is to bridge the gap between different backgrounds.

Triggering Awareness

Top profile

Name of exercise

Top profile

Picture set category

☒ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☒ 5. Triggering creativity
☐ 6. Personal development
☐ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☒ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☐ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Learning to express
– Encourage creative thinking
– Encourage the imagination
– Encourage critical thinking
– Listening to each other
– To get the participants in the sharing of stories mood
– Creating awareness of the fact that not everyone sees things in the same way

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Group

Material needed

The poster of Flat-pictures: 3×3 grids

Preparation

Hang the poster of Flat-pictures on a wall

Step by step description

 

Ask participants to take a look at the pictures and pick the profile they like most.

Then ask them: Can you please tell us your life-story interpretation of the person in the profile? Give them 5 minutes to think about it. They may make notes if they want to.

Continue by asking participants to share the life-stories they made. Ask the rest of the group to not react on it immediatley but to keep the comments in mind until the participant finishes his/her story.

After finishing the story, invite the rest of the group to ask questions or comment (always in a positive way).

Then invite the next participant and continue until the entire group has shared a story.

Closing up

Reflect on the exercise by asking participants the following questions:

– What was it like to choose a profile?
– What was it like to make up a life-story for that profile?
– What did the rest of the group experience?

Point out that it is important to listen to each other before commenting, because it is important to first to get to know the point of view of the other.

Thank the participants.

Tips for the facilitator

– Consider making the exercise a bit more personal by asking someone what his or her profile would look like.

Triggering Awareness

Your Postcard

Name of exercise

Your Postcard

Picture set category

☐ 1. Flat-pictures
☐ 2. POV-pictures
☐ 3. Postcards
☐ 4. Press-pictures

Exercise category

☐ 1. Icebreaker
☐ 2. Energizer
☐ 3. Trust building
☐ 4. Contact making/collaborating
☐ 5. Triggering creativity
☒ 6. Personal development
☒ 7. Triggering memories
☐ 8. Evaluation

Phases

☐ 1. Teambuilding
☐ 2. Triggering creativity
☒ 3. Triggering awareness
☒ 4. Finding common ground
☐ 5. Closing

Objectives

– Encourage creative thinking
– Expressing yourself
– To get the participants in the story-sharing mood
– Appreciative listening
– Decision making
– Triggering emotions

Duration

☐ < 10 min. ☒ 10-20 min. ☐ 20-30 min. ☐ 30-40 min.
☐ 40-50 min. ☐ 50-60 min. ☐ 60-90 min. ☐ > 90 min.

Form

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Material needed

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Preparation

The participants need their mobile phone (or you can ask them to bring pictures to the class)

Step by step description

Ask participants to take out their mobile phone and go through the images they have made. Invite them to pick an image that the participants would like to send as a postcard.

Ask them, one by one, to show the picture to the rest of the group, to describe the picture and to tell why they picked this picture and to whom they would like to send a postcard with this picture.

Ask the rest of the group not to comment and to listen carefully.

Repeat this until every participant has shown a picture and shared the story behind this picture.

Closing up

Bring the participants in a circle and ask them which pictures they liked, which stories touched them and to which stories they could connect. Thank them for being open and sincere.

Tips for the facilitator


– This exercise can trigger strong personal emotions, be prepared for that.
– Never push somebody to show a picture or to tell a story. Also take care that during the exercise all participants deal with the picturtes of others respectfully.