Description

This game is designed to allow participants to experience and reflect on different forms of collaboration.

Materials

  • Origami instructions (one set per 2 players (printed so that they each of the three instructions can be given out separately)
  • A4 paper

Preparation

  • Everyone will need a chair
  • Having tables is useful, but not a necessity

ROUND ONE - BACK TO BACK

FACILITATION

  • MODE: Pairs
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • We’re going to make some origami.
    • Find a partner and chairs and sit back to back
    • I’m going to give you all a some instructions to build a model. One of you will be the folder and the other will be the instructor
    • Rule: The instructor must keep the instructions to themselves
    • Rule: The folder can not show their instructor his model
    • Choose: Who will fold, and who will instruct
    • Instructors raise your hand
  • HANDOUT: Give each instructor round one model instructions
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • You have 10 minutes to build your model Go!
  • REFLECTION:
    • Let’s share our models :)
    • What was that like?
    • Why was it difficult?
    • Etc

TIMEBOX

15 mins

ROUND TWO - SIDE BY SIDE

FACILITATION

  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • Ok let’s make it better
    • Change your chairs to be side to side
    • Rule: Again the instructor must keep the instructions to themselves, but this time the instructor can see what the folder is building.
    • Rule: The instructor may not touch the model.
    • Choose: Who will fold, and who will instruct
    • Instructors raise your hand
  • HANDOUT: Give each instructor round two model instructions
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • You have 10 minutes to build your model Go!
  • REFLECTION:
    • Let’s share our models :)
    • What was that like?
    • Was it better than back to back?
    • What was it like not being able to help the folders?
    • What was it like not being able to see the instructions?
    • Etc

TIMEBOX

15 mins

ROUND THREE - FACE TO FACE

FACILITATION

  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • Ok let’s make it better
    • This time there are no rules and no roles. Everyone can see the instructions. Everyone can build.
  • HANDOUT: Give each pair round three model instructions
  • INSTRUCTIONS:
    • You have 10 minutes to build your model Go!
  • REFLECTION:
    • Let’s share our models :)
    • What was that like?
    • Was it better than side to side?
    • Did anything interesting happen?
    • Did you notice that the model was harder yet you all did much better, why was that?
    • Etc

TIMEBOX

15 mins

DEBRIEF

  • The further you are from face to face collaboration, that harder it becomes.
  • Unlimited verbal communication doesn’t really help
  • When you break down roles and begin to genuinely work together, magic happens.