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Advanced getting to know each other

Advanced getting to know each other

(facilitated by Juliane Neumann, August 24th, 2009 in Spisska Kapitula/ Slovakia)



Magic Cards

Team members draw two tarot (or similar) cards and interpret them in relation to their personality and their work. Team members introduce themselves to one another on the basis of these cards.

Magic Cards

Purpose and background as discussed during the meeting:

  • Getting people to move quickly boosts creativity.
  • Try to create a neutral playground where discussions on any level are possible and where nobody interprets what is happening or how they react.
  • Take into consideration that questions about profession can create status differences
  • Use methods that you are comfortable with—do you prefer to drive the process fast or rather cautious?...
  • ...but “read” the group—are they ready for the method or are the cards to personal for a kick-off? Does the method apply to their expectations?



Personal book, "The book about you"

Members create a 4+ page book about themselves. The name and an illustration is on the first page, while the inner pages can elaborate on specific questions, again to make soft things hart (e.g. What do I bring? What would I like to get out of this? My strength? What would I like to learn? Contributions? Develop together?). Learning can be documented on the last page, so the book can be used both for project development and quality control. Facilitators should design questions related to the project and consider “virtual books” which might be useful in the European context.

Personal book



"Transmogrify" Method

Members present themselves to small groups as non-humans (animal, plant, place), by giving reasons for their spontaneous choise (Don’t give much time for thinking!). This is a good method to create connections very fast and is effective in making people remember each other. It can be used formally or informally.



In all those methods, we must remember that facilitators should take time at the beginning of a project to develop people, because people are the key to a project’s sustainability. To say at with Kari and Mari, “Sometimes to be slow is faster:”



Last changed by Sabrina Tschiche on 24/09/2010

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