A new game! This past weekend I was leading a workshop at the Creative Problem Solving Institute in Buffalo, NY and I created a new game during a workshop. The workshop was at the end of the 5-day-long conference, and the intention was for it to help people process their experience and set up goals & action steps for what comes next. This game emerged at the end of a space walk exercise.
As people were walking around the room, I invited them to imagine there were memories from the past 5 days on various objects in the room. "Walk around the room and notice that there are memories of yours on various objects in the room. When you notice one, reach out and collect it. Gather the memory in your hands. Notice how it feels. Allow your hands to hold it, feeling it's weight, shape, color, texture... Keep moving around the room, looking for more memories. When you find one, pick it up and tuck it in with the other ones you've collected. Remember to look up." ETC
Creating the Tableau
Then after people had gathered up their memories (2-3 minutes), I instructed them to pair up with another person and have a table between them (you could do this with a real or imagined surface). One at a time, in silence, they each took turns placing their memories on the surface, creating a little diorama of memories. They didn't discuss the memories. They exercised creativity in where to place them in the scene, their size and relation to the scene.
In the Debrief
After the exercise people shared that they enjoyed the process of discovering their memories, and especially noted the significance of deciding which memories to keep, and which to leave behind.
This is the first time I've played this game, and I'm curious what other variations are out there of similar activities.