I attended the SOAR Putting the Pieces Together Conference last week and participated in an interesting ice breaker during a session focused on collective impact. Before the session began, the facilitators had each of us respond to prompts that were written on several posters hung around the room.
These prompts included: “What’s the most delicious thing you can cook?,” “Something I’ve taught someone,” and “Something I would like to change in/about my community.”
When we were all seated, the facilitators went to each poster (pictures below) and read the responses out loud. They used these responses to launch a description of collective impact, highlighting the rich array of perspectives, interests and skill-sets represented in just a small group of people and encouraging us to consider the power that comes from bringing together an entire community to deploy their varied resources against a common objective.
I thought it was an effective way of engaging and exciting us in preparation for their workshop session.
Have you seen any interesting ice breakers, group exercises or other tools for describing Collective Impact?