Almost all of us work, create, meet, play, volunteer or live in groups of some kind. They might be environmental groups, political branches, and local interest or lobby groups. They may be sporting teams, work places, families or housing buddies. Learning, teaching or facilitation teams, exercise classes and school grades are all groups with their own special features. Think about a group that you spend most time with or that you’re very passionate about or intimately connected to in some way.
Then do this simple activity of brainstorming all the things you put into the group on one side of a page and all that you receive from being part of the group on the other side, a little like the photographic example.
You could also do this activity for the group as a whole. What are all the energies, resources, skills, needs, money, time, legalities, support etc that go into the group and what outputs does the group have – products, services, social values, learnings, waste, empowerments, employments etc.
This may bring some additional perspective to your involvement with the group and even provide valuable insight to enable change, growth or more positivity or problem solving.
This is an example of some of the kinds of activities in Robin’s upcoming ‘Dynamic Teaching and Facilitation’ book. Enjoy! Each e-news will endeavour to provide an activity that is aimed at supporting more successful and dynamic group work.