6-3-5 Brainwriting

Groups-structured brainstorming technique, generating a multitude of ideas in a very short time: 6 minutes – 3 ideas – 5 people.

Number of people: any, groups of five (or 4, 6 or 7)

Time: 45 minutes

Place/Space: indoor, enough to give each group room to work

Equipment:

  • Pen and paper

Link to description (pdf): Brainwriting-6-3-5

 

Draw (how to Make) Toast

DrawToast is a Wicked Problem Solving™ design exercise by Tom Wujec that unlocks our ability to solve complex problems through visual thinking.

Number of Persons: 6-30

Place/Space: indoor, room enough for everyone to be seated at tables

Equipment:

  • flip chart (or stock of paper and clear wall space to mount notes for everyone to see)
  • post it’s
  • markers
  • masking tape

Link to description (doc): Draw-Toast_En

Link to original detailed description (PDF): Draw Toast-web
Link to TED-video

Open Space

Open Space
Open Space is at the heart of almost every unconference we design. It allows groups from 5-2.000 people to create an agenda live in less than an hour for a complete multi-track conference. Participants are given simple guidelines that help the day flow. Then, at the close of a day, everyone gathers together to share what unfolded.

Black Market of Knowledge

Hannah Hurtzig explains the black market of knowledge.

The transfer of knowledge as a communicative and performative act. The starting point is an interesting and current topic on which local knowledge has been accumulated. The market creates a space to retrieve this knowledge. The individual conversations of experts and discussion partners can be followed by observers (”black listeners”).
(Idea by Hannah Hurtzig, MobileAcademy [link to video])

Number of People: 50–1000

Time: 3–10 hrs

Place/Space: Indoor, a room that is large enough to accommodate all participants and also has room for all tables. Lounge.

Equipment:

  • Small tables (for 2 people)
  • Table lamp
  • Microphones
  • Headsets for audience
  • Installation for the transmission of the conversations
  • Acoustic signal, such as a gong

Link to desription (doc): Black Market of Knowledge

Trust Lift

Let yourself be carried by others! Let yourself be carried away!

Number of People: any in groups of (at best) 7 or 9 people

Time: 0.25 hrs

Place/Space: indoor, outdoor, 4–5 m² per group

Equipment:

  • none

Link to desription (doc): Trust Lift

Keeper of the Keys

Keeper of the Keys involves strategy, collaboration, and the use of multiple senses to solve a collective challenge. This strategy creates opportunities to generate dialogue about individual and collective group strategy and to practice engaging more of the five senses.

Number of People: 8–25

Time: 0,5 hrs

Place/Space: any, enough for a circle

Equipment:

  • keys
  • chair (optional)

Link to desription (doc): Keeper of the Keys

Pulling Numbers

The pairs are put together by pulling numbers.

Number of People: anything more than 10

Time: 0,1 hrs

Place/Space: any, 2 m² per person

Equipment:

  • cards or pieces of paper with numbers, something to pull them out of

Puzzle

A picture is cut into 2 (or several) pieces. The matching pieces form pairs (or a group).

Number of People: anything more than 10

Time: 0,2 hrs

Place/Space: any, 2 m² per person

Equipment:

  • pictures cut into two or more pieces (as many pieces as the desired group size)

In Order

The group orders themselves according to size, age or initials in alphabetical order. Every second person is chosen for the first group.

Number of People: anything more than 10

Time: 0,1 hrs

Place/Space: any, 2 m² per person

Equipment:

  • none

Similarities

The group should split into pairs with something in common. For example: Boy-boy, blond hair, same initial, same size or the same length hair.

Number of People: anything more than 10

Time: 0,2 hrs

Place/Space: any, 2 m² per person

Equipment:

  • none

Opposites

The group should split into pairs of opposites. For example: boy-girl, blond hair-dark hair or little-large.

Number of People: anything more than 10

Time: 0,2 hrs

Place/Space: any, 2 m² per person

Equipment:

  • none