Values Name Tags Introductions

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Identification
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Method
Intent or purpose: 
To take advantage of the chaotic nature of conference beginnings to do introductions and participants will experience beginning the process of doing introductions.
Used as component of: 
This is effective in opening large meetinds
Types of Participants: 
Any
Recommended size of group: 
50 and more
Optimal amount of time needed: 
1 - 3 minutes
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
A number of people get to know each other, the topic of the session is introduced and people are beginning to disucss the topic.
Level of participation: 
medium
Ideal Conditions: 
Lots of space for people to mill around meeting each other.
Potential Pitfalls: 
people don't look for others
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
any
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
any
Setting and Materials: 
microphones appropriate for the size of the group. One floor phone per 50 - 100 people seems good.
Resources Needed: 
Tags and markers.
Pre-Work Required: 
The topic has to be decided.
Procedures: 

<b>Notes</b>
<i>This introduction is best done with large groups say 50 and up.</i><br><br>
<b>Introduction</b><br>
1. <i>As the people enter the room where the conference is beginning give each person a name tag and ask them to put one word describing a value or practice around service / helping they believe is the most important in there work. </i> <b>(Note:</b> The topic of the conference or meeting could be the value or practice you would be looking for.)<br>
2. <i>Ask people to paste on the tag and look around the room for 4 or more people who have a similar value or experience.</i>
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<b>Steps</b><br>
1. <i>When the session is about to begin call time.</i><br>
2. What are some practices that four or more people found they shared in common?<br>
3. What are some values that four or more of you found you shared in common? <i>(The length of this discussion depends on the amount of time allocated. If there is little time do just the 3rd question.)</i><br>
4. Who has the largest group in the room?<br>
5. How many people in your group?<br>
6. Who has the smallest group in the room?<br>
7. How many people are in your group?
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<b>Conclusion</b>
Thank the group and go into the introduction of the conference.

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
None
Background
Developer: 
Michael Wong
History of Development: 

It was suggested by Michael Wong on the The GRP-FACL listserve.

References: 
mjwong@pacbell.net
License Model: 
Open
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