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Triggering Creativity

Action you

Name of exercise

Action 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
– Triggering creative thinking
– Triggering critical observation
– 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 set of POV-pictures

Preparation

Place the set of POV-pictures upside down on a table (or the ground)

Step by step description

Invite a participant to turn a picture around and have a look at it. Ask him/her to show the picture to the rest of the group and tell what he/she sees happening on the picture? The rest of the group is asked to listen and not comment.

Then ask the next participant to turn a picture around and repeat this until all participants have shared.

After all partipants have turned a picture, start a little discussion by asking if they could relate to their own picture or to one of the other pictures and why.

Closing up

Ask the participants whether they liked the exercise and whether they found it easy or difficult to come up with a story/thought. Thank them for participating.

Tips for the facilitator

– We suggest to repeat this exercise several times during the workshop in order to give the participants the opportunity to look in further depth.
– The idea is that even in the most superficial pictures one can ‘see’ endless things. In this exercise, we stay somewhat at the surface although participants are challenged to see in detail. In other exercises we trigger participants to ‘see’ (interpret and then imagine) more.
– This exercise will give you a quick insight into the participant’s creative abilities. One will come up with a story very easily, while others will face more difficulties. Sometimes you notice a general level in a group (more of less difficulties). Use this information in the rest of the workshop.

Triggering Creativity

Draw what is happening

Name of exercise

Draw what’s happening

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 trigger imagination
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– 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

Group

Material needed

The set of POV-pictures, paper, pencils/markers

Preparation

Klik of tik om tekst in te voeren.

Step by step description

Give all participants a POV and ask them to take a look at the picture.

Then ask them to imagine what is happing around the image they see.

Before sharing that story with others, invite partcipants to draw the scene they are picturing. Give them 5 to 10 minutes to complete their sketch.

Then ask all participants to show their drawing, sharing the story and pictures they created. Continue untill every participant has shared a story.

Closing up

Ask the participants whether they liked the exercises and whether they found it easy or difficult to come up with a story/thought. Thank them for participating.

Tips for the facilitator

 

Make sure all stories are taken seriously. Imaginary stories must be rewared as much as every other story. creative skills. Some will come up with a story very easily while others are bound to face difficulties. Sometimes you’ll notice a general level in a group (more of less difficulties). Use this information in the rest of the workshop

– This exercise will give you a quick insight into the participants’ creative skills. Some will come up with a story very easily while others
are bound to face difficulties. Sometimes you’ll notice a general level
in a group (more of less difficulties). Use this information in the rest of
the workshop.

Triggering Creativity

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.

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My Storyline

Name of exercise

My Storyline

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

– Trigger creative thinking
– Getting participants to tell a (fictional) story
– To get the participants in the story sharing mood
– Learning to express what you see
– 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 (or smaller groups/couples)

Material needed

The set of Flat-pictures II

Preparation

Place all the pictures upside down on a table (or on the ground).

Step by step description

Ask one of the participants to turn three pictures around, so he/she can see them. Ask him/her: what do you see on the pictures? Continue with asking if the participant connect to all pictures and if not allow him/her to swap one of them.

Then ask the participant to make a story including the three images he/she sees in front of him/her, connecting the three pictures. The pictures can be placed in a specific order. Explain that this may be a completely fictional story and that it does not necessarily have to make sense. Give the participant max. 1 min. to think about it.

The participant shares his/her story. Ask the rest of the group not to comment, just to listen.

Then ask the next participant to turn around three pictures and repeat the exercise until all participants have shared a story.

Closing up

– Thank participants and ask if they liked it.
– What was it like to describe the pictures?
– What was it like to make up a story?
– Can you (the participants who turned the pictures) tell us why you wanted to swap?
– What did the rest of the group experience?

Tips for the facilitator

– If the group is too big consider working in smaller groups or couples.
– You can also do this exercise in couples, which will take less time (but you need more sets of pictures). This depends on how much you want to work on team buidling.

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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 Creativity

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 Creativity

Press and stage​

Name of exercise

Press and stage

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 collaboration
– Create trust
– Learn to 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

(max. 250 words)

Put the participants in a circle. One participant stands in front of them. Show this participant one picture during 10 seconds. Ask this participant to stage what he/she thinks he/she has seen, using the other participants as a director. He/she may talk and explain little things, but not tell what picture is in his/her head.

After the participant are stagedshowed how he/she interpreted the picture, 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 maximum four other participants talk).

Closing up

Close the exercise by asking participants if they liked the exercise and invite them to analyse what happened. Point out that one picture can lead to many different interpretations.

Tips for the facilitator

– As this exercise contains tools used in theatre training, it gives participants the opportunity to get accustomed to theatre as well.
– Staging the group can take some time. For that reason it is advisable to limit the number of turns to three or four.
– Be aware that this exercise can be challenging for some participants, for it requires creativity and body contact. For that reason it is advisable to do this exercise only when there is trust and respect in the group. However, this exercise can also add to the building of trust in a playful way.

Triggering Creativity

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 Creativity

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 Creativity

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 Creativity

Your adventure

Name of exercise

Your adventure

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 each other
– Getting participants in a story-sharing mood
– Learning to express
– Learning to listen
– Encouraging the 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

Group

Material needed

The set of POV-pictures

Preparation

Put all pictures on a table (or on the floor if no table is available)

Step by step description

Invite participants to take a look at the pictures and to pick one that is connected to an adventure they would like to have.

Give them max. 2 minutes to think about the adventure and then invite everybody to share it. Ask the rest of the group to refrain from commenting during the sharing session. After each adventure, ask participants if they would like to have this adventure as well and invite one or two participants to react.

Continue untill everybody has shared an adventure.

Closing up

Ask participants if they experienced any difficulties coming up with an adventure and if they enjoyed the exercise. Also inform if they were surprised by one of the adventure stories they just heard and ask if this exercise helped them to get to know their peers beyond a superficial level.

Thank all participants for sharing.

Tips for the facilitator

– Consider if it is necessary that participants first have to think of an adventure and then pick a picture that fits in that adventure.
– This exercise will give you a quick insight in the participant’s creative abilities. The one will come up with a story very easily while the other will face difficulties. Sometimes you’ll notice a general level in a group (more of less difficulties). Use this information in the rest of the workshop.
– Try avoiding that the same participants react over and over again to the stories. Avoid this by encouraging others to speak up as well.