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Halfway to the mailbox

When embarking on a complex project, it can be useful to work backward and to acknowledge from the start that timeframes are extremely likely to chang...

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De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

Time Frame: 30-60 min, 1-2 hours Objectives: Action Planning, Consensus Building, Idea Assessment and Development Audience Size: Tiny, Small, Medium, ...

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Origin Story

In this exercise, you will have everyone choose an “origin story” memory to share with the group Have your group sit down and take a few deep brea...

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Future Visualization

This exercise is based on the concept of guided meditation and uses the creative arts for personal reflection. You will spend about 5 min walking your...

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Word Cloud

Ask your group to close their eyes and spend a few minutes envisioning the future they want to create. With everyone keeping his/her/their eyes closed...

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One Meaningful Object

Help your group get to know each other using storytelling. This exercise should focus on building community, with people meeting more as humans than ...

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Potent Question

Help your group get to know each other using storytelling. This exercise should focus on building community, with people meeting more as humans than ...

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Three Moments

Steps: Have people select “three moments” from their life to share. They can choose any moment, little or big, easy or difficult, happy or sad. Th...

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Wicked Questions

After being introduced to the concept of a wicked question (one that captures and enables exploration of a paradoxical dynamic), participants work in ...

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Resource Garden

The Resource Garden exercise uses gardening-themed metaphors to help participants decide what they need to do in order to nurture an idea or develop a...

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Ask Me Anything

The Ask Me Anything format provides a framework for highly engaging one-to-many sessions where an expert answers the audience’s questions. The proce...

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Spectrum/Matrix Mapping

Spectrum mapping allows you to quickly identify varying opinions, perspectives, roles, and opinions within a group and organize them into meaningful d...

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