Race for the truth

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Identification
Alternative names: 
A to-the-point ice-breaker
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
This method serves the purpose of quickly introducing all participants to each other and the topic of the workshop, while putting them in a position they are not used to.
Used as component of: 
This method is used to start workshops.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
Remarks about group size: 
The group is recommended to be about 15 participants.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
A time amount of about 20 to 30 minutes is needed.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
Outcome is the understanding of key issues as well as a personal introduction to each other.
Level of participation: 
The particioants must be willing to reveal some information about themselves.
Ideal Conditions: 
The room in which the workshop takes place has to be large enough to get all participants lined up next to each other and able to go forward 15 times.
Potential Pitfalls: 
A problem might occur when the participants are not willing to take part in the process or are not prepared to aswer person questions.
How is success evaluated: 
The process is successful when a winner is declared, but more importantly when everybody has had some fun and got to know the other ones better.
Examples of successes and failures: 
Success: Capitalisation workshop at CREPA in Burkina Faso, April 2007 [Ewen Le Borgne & Jaap Pels].
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
There needs to be a certain level of trust between the facilitator and the participants.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
This is a easy method that can be practised by anyone.
Setting and Materials: 
Needed are two long strings for the start and finish line as well as the list of statements related to the group. Additionally a camera to record the process could be used.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
The facilitator needs to think about (and write down) about 15 statements.
Procedures: 

Preparation
1. The facilitator needs to write down about 15 statements that relate to the group.

Process
1. The participants have to line up next to each other at the starting line.
2. The facilitator reads out a statement and the participants stay put if the statement is false for them, if it is true they can move one step forward.
3. The facilitator makes another statement. If it is false the participant either stays put, if he/she is still on the starting line, or then, if advanced already moves one step back. If the statement is true the participant moves one step forward.
4. These steps are repeated until the first participant arrives at the finnish line.
- Both the facilitator and the participants are allowed to ask for examples from the proceeding participants in order to back up their statement.
- While asking it is also possible to ask the participant to introduce him-/herself.

Follow up
1. A winner can be assigned, or lessons learned can be documented.

How flexible is the process?: 
The process itself is not flexible, but the statements used can contain any topics.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered.
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