Generating ideas in pairs

This exercise focuses on cooperation on new possibilities and solutions. This exercise allows students to get to know each other in new ways and improve their relationships.

  1. Lay out the Dialoogle Magnum cards on the floor.
  2. Ask the pupils/students to choose a picture card each that illustrates themselves and how they would go about solving a given assignment.
  3. Ask the pupils/students to form either pairs or larger groups. The students take turns talking about their picture cards, while the others listen and ask questions.
  4. It has now been established how each student perceives the assignment.
  5. Ask all groups to place their picture cards on the floor in front of them as an “equation”: 1+1 = New possibilities.
  6. Ask the groups to tell each other about the new possibilities they see unfold when the images are added up.
  7. When the conversations have had time to unfold, ask all groups to change the order of their cards. Does the new “equation” generate more ideas and solutions?
  8. Tell the groups that they are allowed to move their picture cards around and place them as they like, if they are not already doing so: upside down, displaced, one picture card covering part of the other, etc. Any way they feel like.
  9. When time or energy is about to run out, ask each participant to write down the most essential keywords and formulate a synopsis together.
  10. Ask the pupils/students to photograph their picture cards, synopsis and the outlined aims with their mobile phones in order to remember them.

If a pair cannot come up with more image combinations or if the generation of ideas and solutions ebbs out, you can place an extra picture card as a representation of the ‘plus’ in the equation 1+1.



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