An introductions tool focusing on what participants are bringing to the session
An alternative way of opening a meeting by asking for some level of commitment from the participants.
Pre-Work Required: Decide what gift you are bringing to the meeting.
In many workshops, participants make extended lists of what they expect and perhaps also what they will not tolerate from one another. While this is nice, you might also turn this around the other way from time to time.
As the group stands in a circle, describe to them the large, invisible chest that lies in the middle of the room. Say that you are asking each person to put into the chest one thing they bring to share with the rest of the group during the meeting. Begin yourself with one thing you are bringing to put in the chest for everyone, and then have the rest of the group go around.
You can close this session by pointing out that there will be many more surprises in that box at the end than there are now.
Derived from: Suggested by Maureen Jenkins of Imaginal Training, Groningen, The Netherlands