The exercise is relevant for groups of handicap and elderly care workers or teachers who wish to develop new and better ways of improving the well-being of their disabled or elderly clients or children with physical and mental problems.
A care worker or teacher presents the focus person and the issue, she/he wants to help this person solve. – Write down keywords so everyone can see them.
Now the group present and discuss their professional experience in order to better understand the focus person and why she/he has got a problem. – Write down key words again so everyone can see them.
Spread out a Magnum Set on the floor. Now the group is going to develop ideas to help the focus person.
The group is allowed enough time for everyone to study the cards and find one that triggers an idea.
When everyone has chosen a card, all participants take turns telling each other about their ideas. Then all the chosen cards are lined up on a table, which is now an Idea Bank.
Everyone gathers around the Idea Bank and discuss the ideas to make them unfold and become more concrete.
When the conversation is running out of steam, the group chooses the three best ideas. The three picture cards stay in the Idea Bank while the rest is removed.
In order to prepare an action plan, you lay out the rest of the Magnum Set on the floor one more time.
Place a rope of 2-4 meters on the floor like a straight line. Now the participants must find a card illustrating something that must be done in order to put the idea to use; One by one they present their cards and place them on the rope in the order that each step must be taken.
Finally, an action plan with picture cards is prepared. If the participants take a photo of the visual action plan with their mobile phones, it will be easy to evaluate it when the group meets next time.
Divide the action plan into three phases (weeks or other periods) to set some milestones and be able to measure progress.