Number of participants: 10
Types of participants: multilingual groups
Ideal conditions: This was done in four groups of 10 people each. It was a multilingual group and so 2 groups were English speaking, one was Spanish and one French speaking
Pre-Work Required: None
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): Facilitation skills required
1. Welcome the group and do an round of introductions.
2. This session we will tell each other the story of how you came to be in the name of the organization. What uniquely attracted you to this organization? You have 5-10 minutes to tell your story in a small group.
3. Divide the group into language groups (, teams or what ever is appropriate). Each group should have between 8 and 10 people.
1. Send the groups to separate rooms, where they each answer the question.
2. Near the end of the allotted time let the groups know how much time they have.
1. Bring the groups together and do a short debrief.
- What were some elements of stories that stay in our mind?
- What was something in your group that was surprising?
- What was something in your group that was funny?
- What was something inspiring?
- What are some things that attract people to this organization?
- What are some things we should keep in mind about this group as we work together further?
This can be a very powerful session if done well.
Follow-Up Required: None
Usual or Expected Outcomes: Deeper bonds between members of the group
Potential pitfalls: No one person hears all of the stories.
Source: Maureen Jenkins
Alternative names: Story telling about joining the organization