This exercise translates shared knowledge into individual strategies – and action. Use it for teambuilding, management and employee development seminars, for improving well-being in the workplace or simply for idea development. If there are more than 15 participants, you should use two Magnum Sets.
After a process in which the participants have received new shared information, you line up chairs two and two in a row like the seats of a bus. You need one chair for each participant.
Then you spread out the Magnum cards on the floor and give the participants about 30 seconds to choose a picture that illustrates how they will apply the new information in practice. The limited time span will ensure that they choose instinctively without overthinking and makes it more likely that they actually find something that is important to them.
The picture card is the bus ticket. Everyone gets on the bus and goes one stop. During the ride, ask them to explain to the person next to them:
a. How they will apply their new knowledge on a day-to-day basis.
b. Why they would do it in that particular way.
c. How they will know if they have succeeded in it.
You decide how long the ride is. Repeat the exercise by asking people to move seats in the bus and drive to the next stop.
It is up to you whether you finish the exercise with a conclusion in plenum. In any case, the participants will take their individual strategies with them. To help them remember their strategy, you can invite them to download their picture card on the Dialoogle webshop and use it as a background on their phone or computer screen for free.
As a variation, you can ask the participants to choose a new ticket – i.e. a new picture card – when they move seats on the bus.