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Walk and Talk

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Goal

This is a way to use your unconscious mind to generate ideas

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Materials

  • Each person needs a way to walk and record their thoughts.
  • A method of recording

Instructions

Context
1. We are going to use a solitary walk to geneate ideas. We will use a walk in the woods (by the shore, etc.) to record our experiences It is important that you do not evaluate or judge in any way your experiences but simply record your descriptions of what you see, hear, smell, touch, etc.

2. After we have recorded for 10 to 30 minutes our experiences, we will use them to generate ideas.

3. State the problem that is being dealt with.

Steps

1. Give each person a tape recorder or other recording device.
2. Ask them to take a 15 to 30 min. walk recording what they experience.
3. Have them only record their experiences and not evaluate them.
4. Have them take their recordings and select several experiences. For each experience generate connections between the experience and the problem. Write down the connection.
5. Write the connections on a white board.
6. Eliminate the overlap.
7. Go to a organizing or selection process.

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: a large number of ideas

Potential pitfalls: Participants evaluate their experiiences rather than describe them.

Background

History of Development: Written up by Angie Theonis Teoh for a course on facilitaiton skills at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences.

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