This activity helps on filtering and managing time while a group of people have conversations on several items of a (large) list. It is a good alternative, for dot voting, or some other style of group voting to filter the conversation to fewer items.
Step by step
- Decide the order in which the participants will talk (for example, name alphabetic order, age order, or position order — from left to right)
- Decide the limit of time for each item conversation (example: at most 5 minutes per item conversation) and the activity time (form example 30 minutes)
- The first person decide an item, reads it, then the group has a conversation about it
- Go to the next person / conversation until the activity time is over or all items have been covered
This activity promotes a faster option for filtering, as it does not require time for voting. It also brings a different perspective to the group dynamic, as it fosters a conversation about what is important to each person.
At times, some people feel frustrated because a specific topic has not been selected for conversation. This typically happens because of voting systems. This activity addresses such situations, allowing individuals to select a topic which is important to them.