IAF Methods Database Newsletter

Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the IAF-Methods Database Newsletter. We hope you have had a great month!
Part of the challenge in working with the same group month in and month out is finding new ways to generate conversation and let people get to know one another. The method this month is one I was introduced to at the Dutch Ministry of Public Works. It was used in a workshop with people who had worked together for a long time, and let them explore a new side of one another’s ways of working. Hopefully it may be of some use to you one of these days!
Method of the Month
Recipes for Teamwork
Purpose
To allow a diverse group to combine their ideas, and by doing so to get better acquainted with the way one another think and work.
Steps
Preparation:
Create cards on which are printed common ingredients for main dishes; for instance: rice, tomatoes, ground meat, onions, carrots, noodles, etc. Ensure that there is one ingredient for each member of the group and that at least 1/3 of the ingredients are a little unusual for main dish ingredients, such as potato chips, fresh peaches, beer, etc. (Do not make cards for ingredients that would be highly unlikely to show up in a main dish, such as marshmallows or ice cream.)
Instructions:
Divide the group into teams of 5 - 7, shuffle the cards and distribute the same number of cards to each team.
Tell the participants: “Take 20 minutes to create a recipe for a main dish using all of the ingredients on your cards and any two ingredients you as a team wish to add. Write out the recipe on a flip chart, including quantities of the ingredients and the cooking process. Don’t forget to give your dish a title.”
Reporting:
Have each team report their recipe to the rest of the group, and then ask what they have learned about one another during the recipe creation. You may have the group vote on the recipe they would most like to eat.
Variation:
You can focus the exercise on sweets, salads, cocktails, whatever the group is most likely to know something about cooking.

Last Month's Poll
Last month’s Poll raised the question, To what degree do you aim to address multicultural needs among your workshop participants? and resulted in a quite a diverse spread of responses. Have a look:

The responses were:
I don't generally have culturally diverse groups of participants, so it's no issue.
20%
Participants deal with these matters themselves; it's not really my responsibility as a facilitator.0%
I design workshop language and procedures beforehand to suit the needs of the specific group.50%
I adapt workshop language and procedures as I go along to suit the needs of the group.
10%
I ask participants how they would prefer to work together.
20%

If you have a suggestion for a poll please contact us!