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December 19, 2007

36 Ideas - #1: Who's Your Neighbor? (Social Calisthenics)

Advance Preparation

None

Estimated Time

5-10 minutes

Introduce the Exercise

Once you are standing, please remain standing until instructed otherwise.

Let's Do It

1. Look at the people on both sides of you. Do you recognize either of them? If so, please stand up!
2. Folks still sitting down, look at the folks around you in any direction. Do you recognize either of them? If so, please stand up!
3. Folks sitting down, look up and down the row in which you are sitting. Recognize anyone? If so, stand up!
4. Folks seated, now look around the quadrant of the room in which you are sitting. Recognize anyone? If so, stand up!
5. Take a good look around now, at all those standing people. Anyone look familiar? If so, stand up!
6. People standing up - is there anyone sitting down near you? If so, you now have 1-2 minutes to ask questions to find out if you know anyone in common. As soon as find someone in common, be sure to stand up! On your mark, go!

Take Home Message(s)

It's a small world, and even in a big room in a strange city, chances are you probably know someone.

Connect the Tech

Most people get involved with social technologies because they already know someone else who is using whatever it is. They spread by osmosis (or a virus? airborne?). Look at how many people in this room know someone else in this room, and imagine the potential for an idea to spread throughout this community.

Caveats or Drawbacks to this Exercise

This would only work in a largish group of folk that know each other moderately well. A small group that works together every day would not work, nor would a new group of people where they've mostly never met anyone else there.

Posted by pfa at December 19, 2007 02:46 PM

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