Introduction activity to the topic ahead during a meeting -
to understand different perspectives, to appreciate diversity of thinking
- About 2 to 3 post cards per participant with pictures of potential metaphors of the topic being discussed.
1. Put on the flipchart the following:
a. Please select a postcard that best represents (the topic of the session) for you.
2. Announce as people come in that they need to select a postcard.
1. We want to have you use the postcard as a way of illustrating one of your (better learning experiences).
2. I would like to just go around the room and have each of us say your name (that is for the facilitator) what you prefer to be called (also for the facilitator) and what the postcard is and what (learning) experience (of the topic of the session) it suggests to you.
3. Continue around the room.
a. What are things said from other individuals that were important.
b. What did you like about what you heard?
c. What are some themes about learning that you have heard?
d. What should we keep in mind over these next few days to help the learning process?
Follow-Up Required: none
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Participants have a better understanding of each other
Source: Maureen Jenkins
Derived from: The Basic Conversation Method of the Institute of Cultural Affairs