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Identification
Intent or purpose: 
This process celebrates the differences, and yet shows people what they have in common, and therefore leads to a group that is more comfortable, and has interacted with one another.
Used as component of: 
This process is used to get participants to know one another a little better, and feel more comfortable with each other.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
26-50
Remarks about group size: 
The group should be large, in order to be able to form little subgroups
Optimal amount of time needed: 
Depending on the amount of participants and categories the optimal amount of time needed is about 10 minutes.
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Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The intangible outcome should be a group which members have bonded with each other to some extent.
Level of participation: 
The level of participation is normal, but some personal informationhas to be shared.
Ideal Conditions: 
There are no special conditions needed.
Potential Pitfalls: 
If the categories are too broad, everyone might end up in the same group, and the exerise fails. Therefore the facilitator should pick specific categories.
How is success evaluated: 
The Process is successful when the participants are now more comfortable with each other.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
The facilitator does not need any particular characteristics, as he/she only needs to supervise the group.
Setting and Materials: 
The room needs to be big enough for all participants to move around freely and to gather up in little groups.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
There is no work that needs to be done beforehand.
Procedures: 

1. The facilitator should ask the participants to walk around freely, explaining that he/she will now announce categories (for possible cat. - see below). The participants are then asked to arrange themselves into smaller subgroups. Either the facilitator has indicated beforehand where each category should gather, or the participants are asked to organize themselves.

2. As soon as everyone is organized into smaller groups, the facilitator can ask each group to identify themselves and possibly make a short statement.
Participants should be given the opportunity to say hello and chat a little bit, in order to get to know the others.

3. After some time, the facilitator asks the participants to freely walk around again, and then announces another cateogy. Step 2 then is repeated. Depending on the time available, and the group, purpose and topics, it needs about 5 topics so that participants are warmed up.

4. A list of possible categories

Two categories

1. When you clasp your hands together and fold the thumbs across the top, is your right or left thumb on top?
2. Fold your arms across your chest. Is your right or left arm on top?
3. Which leg do you put into your pants first?
4. Which eye do you prefer to wink with?
5. Which side of the bed (left or right) do you get out of in the morning?
6. Are you a folder or scruncher (toilet paper)
7. Can you roll your tongue? (yes/no)

Three categories

1. When licking an ice cream cone...do you:
Twirl the cone clockwise
Twirl the cone counterclockwise
Lick up and down?

Many categories

1. What is your favourite season?
2. How many siblings do you have?
3. What colour are your eyes?
4. What's your shoe size?
5. What type of shoes are your wearing?
6. What's your favourite colour
7. What's your star sign?

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is very flexible in terms of the categories, and the estimated time.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered.
Background
Developer: 
M. Collard - 1996
References: 
1. http://www.firststepstraining.com/resources/activities/archive/activity_categories.htm 2. No props: Great games with no equipment by M. Collard (1996)
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