IAF Methods

Recipes for Teamwork

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To allow a diverse group to combine their ideas and by doing so to get better acquainted with the way one another think and work


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  • Pre-made "ingredient" cards
  • Flipcharts and markers


Types of participants: About half of the participants need to have some idea of or interest in how to cook

Ideal conditions: Beginning of a group event

Pre-Work Required: Prepare the ingredient cards

Create cards on which are printed common ingredients for main dishes; for instance: rice, tomatoes, ground meat, onions, carrots, noodles, etc. Ensure that there is one ingredient for each member of the group and that at least 1/3 of the ingredients are a little unusual for main dish ingredients, such as potato chips, fresh peaches, beer, etc. (Do not make cards for ingredients that would be highly unlikely to show up in a main dish, such as marshmallows or ice cream.)

Divide the group into teams of 5 - 7, shuffle the cards and distribute the same number of cards to each team.
Tell the participants: "Take 20 minutes to create a recipe for a main dish using all of the ingredients on your cards and any two ingredients you as a team wish to add. Write out the recipe on a flip chart, including quantities of the ingredients and the cooking process. Don't forget to give your dish a title."

Have each team report their recipe to the rest of the group, and then ask what they have learned about one another during the recipe creation. You may have the group vote on the recipe they would most like to eat.

Follow-Up Required: none

Usual or Expected Outcomes: Participants comfortable with one another and prepared to do more difficult tasks

How success is evaluated: Credible recipes and lots of humor


Source: Maureen Jenkins

from Maureen Jenkins and Els de Jong, from work done at the SPIJS network of the Dutch Ministry of Public Works

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  • Sounds like fun! I'd like to do this one.

    over 3 years ago