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Assign a ‘Heart Keeper’

How it works: One to three people are identified to act as “the heart” at the beginning of the meeting. They are then asked to sit in silence and ...

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Give/Get or Share/Seek

How it works: In this method, everyone in a group is given a piece of paper with a chart on it. The chart has two columns—one titled “I have..” ...

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Gallery Walk

How it works: Individuals are organized into small groups to participate in focused, interactive brainstorming sessions. Participants are asked to cre...

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Commonalities

How it works: In this method, people are divided into pairs and are given two minutes to identify as many things as they can that they have in common ...

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Moderated Seminar

How it works: In this method, the participants are given specific reading related to a relevant theme. A moderator then leads a seminar style discussi...

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Brain Trust

How it works: This is a highly facilitated brainstorming session with a moderator and group of individuals that serve as advisors having read up on a...

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Bike Rack

How it works: This method is for groups who are exploring ideas.  This can work well for a small team meeting to a large group conversation.  You...

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Colloquium for the Common Good

How it works: Developed by the team at Opportunity Collaboration, the Colloquium for the Common Good is a fundamental element of programming used to b...

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Open Mic Night

How it works: Open Mic Nights and Variety Shows are a powerful way to build community, creating inside jokes and enabling people to share hidden talen...

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Questing Through Questions

How it works: In this method participants divide into pairs to explore a challenge that each person is facing.  Too often when we are listening to so...

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Industry Roundtables

How it works: Roundtables are organized around specific industry-related topics. Each roundtable is appointed a facilitator who leads the group in dis...

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Action Labs/Project Hackathon

How it works: In this method, a group of people working in various roles within an organization or initiative work collaboratively towards a goal in a...

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