'a senseable friend' cards activities

by Hiva
(No.4-16th east street, Shaghayegh St. ,Tehran, Iran)

Ice breaking is activity / games intended to help members of a group begin to identify themselves as a team. It facilitate exercise to help a group to being the process of forming themselve into a team. Ice breakers are commonly presented as a game to "warm up" the group by heloing the members to get to know each other. They often forus on sharing personal information such as name, hobbies, etc.

I rarely pick out a product on these pages but this one warrants inclusion because it's so different and appealing.

Developed by Peter Middleton, 'A SenseAble Friend' is a pack of 81 triangular cards, each carrying words or phrases designed to provoke and enable reactions, thoughts or discussion.

The cards can be used alone, or by a facilitator with a group, and as with other activities teams of three work well.

The cards can be used in a quick free-flowing and spontaneous way for activities such as:

* icebreakers
* problem-solving
* brainstorming
* uncovering hidden issues
* johari window-type development, e.g., developing mutual awareness among teams
* exploring needs and priorities not revealed in normal discussion
* a basis for observation of people - for facilitator, team-leader, or among team-members
* exploring and developing relationships
* personal reflection, thinking outside of the box, breaking free, etc.

The approach, explained via simple and flexible instructions, is highly intuitive, and yet is effective with process-oriented folk as well as with intuitive types. From personal experience I can vouch for the strange power of the cards, which definitely seem to tap into the unconscious in ways that conventional development systems and methods do not.

The product would be an excellent addition to a facilitator's toolkit, or simply keep a set on your desk. Trust your unconscious - ideas will echo and return in ways you might not expect.

See Peter Middleton's A SenseAble Friend.

(My thanks to Soleira Green for drawing my attention to Peter and his concept.)

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