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Ballooning

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Using balloons to prioritize brainstormed ideas

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Goal

To narrow down results and consensus

Attachments

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Materials

  • Balloons
  • markers and pins

Instructions

Before

Number of participants: up to 30

Types of participants: any

Time needed: 3 - 45 Min.

Ideal conditions: divergent opinions

Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: Facilitation skills required

During

1. Get people to write different options on balloons.
2. To get consensus, burst the unwanted balloons with big sharp things.
3. Good for waking up people, get rid of aggression.
4. Noisy but fun.

After

Follow-Up Required: Clean up

Usual or Expected Outcomes: shared frame of reference
narrowing down options and reaching consensus

Potential pitfalls: mess and noise, people really offended when their brainstorm ideas disappear with a bang

How success is evaluated: shared agreement on balloons
high energy

Background

Comments (2) ( 3.0  avg / 1 ratings)

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  • Adds energy and noise, but I think I would be upset if people laughingly burst my serious brainstormed idea and it disappeared.

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    over 2 years ago
  • It sounds like fun, but in some cultures and environments persons may feel offended if their ideas are burst by other participants! Rather celebrate successes, write these on balloons and toss same to study what successes you celebrate together.

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    over 2 years ago