Dynamic Systems Ice Breaker

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Level of process: 
Method
Intervention
Intent or purpose: 
To be able to experience a dynamic system in a fun way.
Used as component of: 
preparation for a dynamic systems analysis such as causal loops exercise or LENS.
Types of Participants: 
any
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2 - 6 min.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
a discussion about dynamic systems.
Level of participation: 
high
Ideal Conditions: 
A space large enough for people to move around while doing it.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
Setting and Materials: 
An open space where people can move around.
Resources Needed: 
Slips of paper with instructions to the participants
Pre-Work Required: 
Make up the slipes of paper.
Procedures: 

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<b>Preparation</b>
<i>Write instructions on small slips of paper like:</i><br>
1. Get close to someone with brown hair. <br>
2. Stay away from anyone wearing blue.<br>
3. <i>All of the instructions should have some part that tells the participant about where they should stand relative to another person. Things like stand four feet from?. Or stand with your left side pointed toward the person with blond hair?s left side.</i><br><br>
<i>Create a wide a variety of them. Some can be the same in large groups. You need at least two per person for the exercise.</i><br><br>

<i>As people come into the room have them draw two of these at random and ask them to not reveal the instructions to anyone else.</i> <br><br>

<i>It was really a lot of fun and very interesting. As I recall, at least one person got contradictory instructions - maybe the person with brown hair was also wearing blue.</i> <br><br>

<i>It really did simulate real social situations where some people were trying to get close to you and you were trying to get away from them. Or maybe some unstable cluster would form.</i> <br><br>

<b>Debrief: (by editor)</b><br>
1. <i>Once the group has settled down as much as possible, ask them to stay where they are.</i> <br>
2. I would like a few of you to state what your instructions are.<br>
3. What was the first thing you did when the exercise started?<br>
4. What was frustrating?<br>
5. What was fun?<br>
6. What was the process like?<br>
7. This was an example of a dynamic system. Given your experience here, what is a dynamic system?<br>
8. What could be learned with this exercise?<br>
9. What are some implications for your work?<br><br>

<i>Close and go to the next activity.</i>

Follow-Up Required: 
none
File attachments: 
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Microsoft Office document icon Dynamic_Systems_Ice_Breaker.doc22 KB
Background
Developer: 
Jimmy Pryor
Derived from: 
unknown
History of Development: 

Jimmy Pryor, Jimmy@SUNBODY.COM. suggested this on the GRP-FACL Listserve. You can subscribe at http://listserv.albany.edu:8080/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=GRP-FACL

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