This method introduces participants to each other in a nonconventional way, creating an atmosphere of unity in diversity
One feature of online meetings is that participants are often calling in from their homes. This method uses this situation by inviting participants to find a nearby personal object to introduce themselves, or to respond to different prompts or Warm Up Questions. Objects have a great evocative and aesthetic power; they enable people to communicate tactically and metaphorically. Through this process, participants also learn something personal about each other and connect as a group.
This method can be used in different phases of the workshop, by inviting participants to find an object related to a prompt or Warm Up Question. E.g. 'find an object that represents your desired outcome for this project'. In the ‘Harvesting’ phase, participants can find an object to reflect on how their perceptions have changed throughout the event.
If people are calling in from their office or a third place and have difficulty finding an object, invite them to search their bag or pockets and be creative. As a last resort, you can ask them to find an image (of an object) online.
Rafaeli and Vilnai-Yavetz 2004. Emotion as a Connection of Physical Artifacts and Organizations
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