wikki stix team building

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This simple exercise sets the stage for some real work - establishing a precedent for individual and group creativity, for true collaboration, and for gentle, supportive humor.
Recommended size of group: 
Optimal amount of time needed: 
2-45 minutes
Level of participation: 
Very high
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
No specific skills required
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Paper and Wikki Stix. Wikki Stix are not pipe cleaners. And they stick to each other and to the wall, or to the whiteboard, or to the window, or to just about any clean, smooth surface you can think of - except water. (Wikki Stix can be purchased at http://wikkistix.com/whatarethey.htm. Follow the links to place orders outside North America).

Introduce the Wikki Stix. Such as, you can twist them together and make sculptures. But you can also stick them together and make sculptures. And you can kind of draw with them - and therein lies the executive-level, team-building relevance of it all.<br>
1. Distribute a pack of Wikki Stix to each person in the team. <br>
2. Ask each individual to make two shapes out of their Wikki Stix. Shapes can be flat or three dimensional. Shapes can made from one or several Wikki Stix. <br>
3. Have them take turns sticking their shapes on the whiteboard. If possible, they should try to join their shape to some one else's shape. If not, they can place their shape somewhere else on the whiteboard. <br>
4. Players are awarded two CPs (conceptual points) for adding to an existing shape, two more points for independent thinking for starting a new shape, and 200 for joining two shapes together.<br>
5. Play two rounds, or until no one has any Wikkis to stick. <br>
6. Then play a final "editorial" round, inviting each person to take a turn moving a stuck Wikkii from its stuck place to another. Finally, together, give the completed work a title, and take a digital photo of it.
1. Each participant has a sheet of paper and set of 8 Wikkis. <br>
2. Each makes a Wikki-work on the paper, bending a Wikki Stick into some kind of image or meaningless doodle, and sticking it on the paper. <br>
3. When finished, each participant passes the completed work to the next participant, who adds one more Wikki. <br>
4. And so on and so on until there are no more Stix to stick. <br>
5. As a last turn, each participant makes up a title for the completed masterwork, and writes it down on the paper. <br>
6. Finally, they take turns showing the completed works, while reading the title. And constructive hilarity ensues. <br>
7. If you find a need for a second round, ask the players to remove the Stix from the titled sheets of paper, and then, one Wikki at a time, see if they can create a new image that corresponds to the title on each sheet.<br><br>
Or, have each player use a pen or pencil to make a starting doodle or two, and then pass the papers around, using the Wikki Stix to add to the doodle.

Bernie DeKoven
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