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D3_zip_zap zup

To start the day, we did a quick and active energizer: zip! zap! zup!


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D2-final energizer

Participants stand in a  circle.

The facilitator says…

1..2..3.. Look down

(and everyone looks at the shoes of someone)

1…2..3.. Look UP!

(everyone look at the eyes of that person whose shoes they were looking at)

If two people look at each other, they are out!

This is repeated until only the winners remain in the circle.

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Adhong helped us to recap the first day.

Participants stood up in a circle and had to say..

“My name is …”

“I am going to the moon”

“I am bringing [something that begins with the first letter of the name]”

The challenge was to bring to the moon something that was linked to yesterday’s activities…

but we ended up bringing to the moon many things connected to the Standing Team, but not with yesterday’s activities!

So a recap by Adhong followed.

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The chair exercise

People are divided in 3 groups each group received a secret instruction. The instruction could not be communicated to the other groups.

  • Take all chairs to the back of the room
  • Take all chairs outside the room
  • Take chairs in front of the room.

Here are the results…

Sometimes we assume that people together are working for the same objective. But in the course of our work we discover that there are confusions… because the objectives are not really the same. Objectives at the field level can be different from objectives at the HQ, for example… To solve this we need effective communication (effective information sharing, asking clarification, coordinate with others, try to have common objectives… )


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Coconut energizer

Kaiser lead us through the “coconut” energizer.

You write “coconut” with your body. First slow… then faster… and then really fast!

Have a look at Kaiser teaching us how to do it!

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Carla energized us for the last afternoon session. She proposed and activity composed of 2 parts:

  • an energizing “Mexican weave” (with a twist!): participants could of change the gesture (the usual “hands up”) that is passed on in the circle into into something more creative, at their leasure.
  •  A “listening skills exercise”: participants work in pairs. One talks, the other need to display bad listening skills for one minute. Then the expercise is repeated displaying good listening skills. Participants then share their feelings about it.

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Participants stand in a circle,  sending a to each other in turn, saying the word “zip”, “zap” or “zup”  each time.  If you say “zip,” you must clap to your right, which sends the clap to that person. He or she must then pass it to the right with another “zip,” or pas it to the left with a “zap.”  To pass it to someone across from you, you say “ZUP” and pass the clap to them.

To summarize: zip passes right, zap passes left, and ZUP passes it across the room to anyone not standing next to you.  Make sure all participants understand this, because they will be expected to pass it very quickly without making a mistake.  You will try to trick your team mates by changing directions on them.

When someone makes a mistake, they are eliminated from the circle. The last three remaining are considered the winners of the game.

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Paper telephone

A good game to introduce a storytelling activity – and to get energized after lunch! – is “paper telephone”
Ideally 5-9 players (odd number best) per group. Each game begins with a sentence written on the top of a piece of paper. The sentence is passed to the next player, who draws a picture in a futile attempt to depict the sentence. They then fold the paper so that the sentence is no longer visible, and pass the paper to yet another player, who must write a new sentence based on what he or she thinks the picture is showing. Then this third player folds the picture out of view and passes the sentence on to another player, so repeating the process. The game is over when the paper is filled up, but note the game should always ends on a sentence, not a picture.  (Can be found here: http://www.thegamegal.com/2011/06/18/paper-telephone/)

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After filling in the survey –  and while waiting to process the results –  we did another game to get to know each other: treasure hunting.

The Treasure Hunting Activity can be found in the Building Trust toolkit, here on page 110.

Here’s what we adapted the tool to be:

Have a look at all the book… it has lots to offer!

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We started with a fun game, to introduce participants and to energize the ones still affected by jet lag!

The game is “All My Friends and Neighbors”, and here is how to play it.

15-50 participants. Invite participants to bring chairs into a circle. The leader stand in the center. Make sure there are no empty chairs. Say: “Hi everyone! My name is…” [The group then responds “Hi, …!”] You continue “I am going to look for some friends and neighbors. I will say what friends and neighbors I am looking for. For example, I might look for people who love pizza, who have conducted a joint needs assessment, who love to read, who come from another continent, or who are wearing the color red. If what I say includes you, stand up and change to a different seat. Meanwhile, I am going to look for a seat that becomes free. That will leave a new person in the middle to look for friends and neighbors.”  One rule: If you are one of the friends and neighbors, you must come into the middle before finding a new seat. You may not sit down in the same seat you left nor the one next to you.

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