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Ex: What goes into a school bag?
(Give instructions to start the tour What’s in a Bag and answer questions)
1. (Tour) Enter the name of each person in your group.
(Allow time to enter names.)
2. (Tour) All of you carry some items with you to UNOGA every day. They are items that you will need during the day. Most of you put those items in a bag. Make a list of all of all the items that you carry in your school bag every day. Make a combined list of all the things that everyone in your group carries. Don’t list any item more than one time.
(Wait for students to write their lists.)
(Have the students verbally share items from their lists)
(Discuss the items and why they carry them, note similarities and differences in the list. Highlight unusual items.)
3. (Tour) Each member of your group should enter their name and any items they carry that are not carried by anyone else in the group.
(Use this to have a discussion about individual differences. Emphasize the value of diversity. Did you learn something useful from the lists of other students?)
4. (Tour) Is there any item on this list that you don’t carry in your bag, but might add in the future? Enter your name and the item.
(Verbal responses, there may be some confusion at this point. Continue discussion about individual differences, an item that is useful for one person may not be useful to another. Introduce the idea that diversity has value and that it is OK to be different in many situations. Introduce humor where possible.)
5. (Tour) Each member of the group: Enter your name and an item that would fit in your bag, but that you would not find useful during your day at UNOGA.
(Discuss value of reading/listening to the question carefully and try not to read limitations into the question that don’t exist. Give recognition to students who get past the assumed boundaries or context of a question.)
6. (Tour) Each member of the group: enter your name and and one item that you would like to carry with you in your bag, but you do not have.
(Why don’t you have this item, why can’t you get this item? When/how did you get the idea that you would like to have this item? Why would you like to have it?)
7. (Tour) List your name and something, other than school items, that you could you could use your bag for. Do you ever use it for this purpose? Answer yes or no.
(Discuss: Would you ever use your bag for one of these other purposes? Why or Why not?
This exercise and this seminar are designed to help you think in new ways.
We usually think of an object as having a certain use (obvious use) or think of the usual way of doing a task. That is a good start, but people who are successful in business or who do creative things are able to think about new ways to do things.
Life is more interesting and more fun when you learn to find new ways to solve problems or to use the objects around you.
Talk about the structure of the exercise(s).
Concrete, – question with well-defined boundaries.
Less defined, but boundaries are likely to be assumed.
Still less defined – set the boundaries aside.
Abstract? – deliberately step outside the boundaries, throw out crazy ideas, come up with silly responses. Smile and laugh.
Copyright 2014, Robert M. Boeke