* illustrating problems experienced by a particular type of organisation
* illustrating relationships between central and local organisations
* developing a strategy by assessing relationships with external organisations
* team building by assessing the dynamics in and of teams
* identifying the dynamics of a problem set of relationships
* providing feedback to a system.
Setting: Pirate clothing does help
Number of participants: 8-25
Time needed: 2 - 3 hours
Ideal conditions: Open mind, best done in open air
Facilitator personality fit: Able to deal with strong emotions
During0. Prepare event, listen carefully and map situation on a "pirate boat", saffy?
1. Create setting, boundaries and explain purpose
2. Small exercise in typical stances (begging, super-rational, one-up, one down, ....)
3. Assign roles
- North West: Boatswain
- South East: Radio operator or Lookout in Crow's nest
- East: Captain
- North East: Machinist or Sailmaker
- South West: Cabin boy
- West: First Mate
- North: Constable
- South: Swabbies
- Get into the role, by clothing, caps, hats, flags, shawls, ...
5. Participant take on a role, strike a pose. Ask participants what they intend, want or propose. Ask how they perceive situations. What do they suggest?
6. Create a new 'tableau vivant'. Re-enact. Repeat 5 and 6.
7. Have a dialogue about the experiences. What are the inner drives, longings,
motivations of the characters. What should they do differently to be more effective?
8. Stage the solution: find the treasure and share.
9. Let go of the role.
Follow-Up Required: Take care of some of the participants, as they make take their role too seriously
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Insight in elements of behaviour that keep a system 'stuck', better co-operation, fun
Potential pitfalls: Guarding the environment, Closing (ceremony) and leaving the role behind is crucial
Source: Nynke Etk Fokma, Satir Workshops
Derived from: Pictures and songs about the ship of fools
Recognizable components: It uses 8 pre-determined roles that are easily recognisable "elements or "parts in any organisation, 8 observers, and a pre-set situation based on an organisational challenge or problem. The sculpt can also be used to answer substantial questions on possible organisations, and try out interventions in a "safe setting".
Alternative names: Application of Satir workshop, controlled folly, mardi grass