This method helps participate to distill key learnings and insights from the workshop, using non-linear and metaphorical thinking triggered by the surrealist art on the cards
At the end of a workshop or an event, it is important to give people the opportunity to share final impressions. In this exercise, a card deck of interesting artworks is shared with the group in order to spark creative reflections. Some of our favourite cards are designed for Dixit (the board game), but you can also use others cards, botanical illustrations or classic art, for example. This practice supports a connected group atmosphere, and gives everyone an equal voice in the room. Moreover, it enables people’s creative thinking, as the cards can suggest connections and insights that they were not fully or consciously aware of, encouraging people to break out of formulaic responses.This method also works well in the Convening phase of a workshop or meeting, to brainstorm around a specific topic or set expectations with the help of a guiding question.
Variation 1: Many cards, many insights
Prior to the workshop, take a picture of a selection of Dixit (or other) cards and save it on a PDF or JPEG file. For convenience, you can write a number next to each card, so that is easier to refer to them in an online setting. Include the file in your PPT presentation, so that it is ready for use when you need it.
Variation 2: One card, different insights
An alternative to Variation 1, is to pull a card from the deck and show it to participants directly on the screen. Similarly to the instructions above, you can give participants a few minutes to share any words, phrases, impressions, and feelings that were sparked by the card.
Dixit cards, or any other creative card deck.
Select the kind of cards that are most likely to link to the topic of the workshop, and that can trigger a variety of different perspectives.
It can be a nice gesture to collect all the answers from the harvest, add them to a separate slide, and send them to the participants after the event.
Rafaeli and Vilnai-Yavetz 2004. “Emotion as a Connection of Physical Artifacts and Organizations” https://www.jstor.org/stable/30034769?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
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