Leadership Inspirations Activities
Reach consensus as a group about how to “survive” the scenario
Type Of Activity
Paper, pens, list of objects
This activity asks groups to rank items in order of importance to their survival in a certain scenario. Participants must be creative and communicative as they try to problem solve, resolve conflict between members, and reach consensus.
- Decide on a “survival scenario”. Examples:
- Your group’s plane has crash landed on a deserted island
- You woke up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse
- You must save the world from an alien invasion
- Create a list of 12-15 items and objects your group can use to survive this scenario. They could be actually useful items or random items, it is up to you.
- Examples: Water, rope, matches – or- Trash can, tape, chair
- You may decide to print a copy of the list to give to each group, or just put the list on a poster paper or whiteboard.
- Break your group up into smaller groups of 4-5 people each before giving the instructions.
- Pass out a piece of paper and a pen to each small group.
- Tell them that their objective is to determine the usefulness of each item listed based on the given situation.
- They will need to rank the items in order of usefulness (item number 1 is the most useful) and provide their reasoning.
- They must reach consensus, meaning that everyone must agree on the final ranking of items.
- Ask participants to rank the items individually before breaking them up into small groups. They can share their rationale before challenging them to reach consensus as a group about what items are most useful.
- You can make up a “series of unfortunate events” that may occur at any point during the decision-making process. These events may change groups priorities or render certain items more or less useful depending on the event.
- Examples: It starts to storm on the island you are stranded on – or- One of your group members starts to become ill for seemingly no reason.
SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS
- What was the goal of this activity?
- Did your group do well? What could have improved?
- How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
- How did your group manage conflict that arose?
- Are we the only ones that define our purpose? What or who influences our purpose?
- How do we communicate our purpose to new members or people outside of our group?
- Why is it important that we all understand the purpose of our group/activity/etc.?
- What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
- What motivates our group?
- How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?
Inclusion & Involvement
- What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
- What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
- Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
- What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
- What’s one commitment each person can make?
- What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
- How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
- What can you do differently moving forward?