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This is a quick activity to generate funny stories, interesting knowledge, and common ground among participants in a room. It’s also a way to get the energy up in the room if people seem tired. People walk around and share interesting and surprising facts about themselves, building on what other people have said.
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This activity typically does not need a debrief. It’s just a great way to get energy in the room to a crescendo, and also to get people to feel like they belong to a community. People seem to appreciate getting to know each other. They are probably used to gatherings where they are anonymous, lost in a sea of people passively listening to a lecturer on a stage.
The idea is to talk about interesting, funny, and often humbling experiences. People sometimes talk about embarrassing moments, or about personal qualities. When people express vulnerability, they are more likely to connect. The idea is all about connection – finding common ground and links between people’s experiences.
Transformative Action Institute, adapted from improv activity