Great for demonstrating the power of self-organising teams
- The Facilitator introduces the icebreaker as a short workshop where we’ll quickly see how collaborative we can be in a relatively short amount of time.
- The Facilitator asks the Participants to spread themselves out randomly in a circle.
- The Facilitator then asks the Participants to, without talking, pick two other people in the room and keep them in their heads.
- The Facilitator then explains that the goal for each person is to now form an equilateral triangle between themselves and the two people they have chosen – no other rules apply other than not being able to talk (i.e. the Participants can put their arms out and point at the two people they’re trying to triangulate on).
- The Facilitator then says go and starts the stopwatch.
- Once the room has stopped moving the Facilitator stops the stopwatch and announces to the room how long the task took (normally about 1 minute).
The Facilitator then leads a discussion using questions like:
- How long would the same task have taken if I’d made one person responsible for putting you all in triangles?
- What do you think this teaches us about self-organizing groups?
- Is it important for us to always have someone in charge and how far should rules go in dictating how we collaborate?