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  • 1. WeGrow 2008 in Malta, session handoutWater in the desertLocation No idea yetMaterial needed Object; plastic cup; bottle; 2 ropes of 4 m; rope of 10 m for the circleTime schedule 5 min briefing + 20 min action + 25 min debriefingPreparationObjective • Let delegates experience intensely both leading and being lead• Let group members feel the challenge of cooperationThis exercisecontributes to theoverall goal of EuroCoby …• …bringing up the importance of “how to lead”: participation vs.instruction• …picturing the “pulling on different ropes” – which in cooperationmay lead to success, in egocentric use leads to failureRemarks for facilitator • Wait out of sight of the exercise!• If they drop the object put it back to the starting point.Security InstructionsExerciseInstructions to read out– repeat as often asrequired!Read out loud:“You are a group of scientists in the hot and waterless desert, andsuddenly you see an oasis… But you recognise quickly that it is aholly oasis, and that you are not allowed to step in it (the circle).Because of this fact you have to fill the cup with the water and to get itout of the circle without stepping inside. It is also forbidden to touchthe cup and the bottle with your hands due to religious traditions.The only tools you have are the two ropes, and you have 20 minutesfrom now on to get the cup with water otherwise you will die :-(The cup needs to be at least half full!”
  • 2. WeGrow 2008 in Malta, session handoutDebriefingFocus 1: strategyand communication• How did the strategy evolve? Who was involved developing it?How was the planning process in the group?• Did the strategy change during the process? Why, why not? Whathelped/prevented the implementation off the new strategy?• How content are you with the result? What kept you from doing itbetter?• Which roles were established? Which communication rules cameup in this special setting?• How was communication? Was everybody heard? How muchattention was spent on alternative strategies?• Communication between both groups: was it established? How?Was it just to inform the other?• How were successes shared?• What would be a situation in reality where the same problemsoccur – e.g. the communication between two operating groups?• How would you improve then now? After the exercise?Focus 2: roles inthe groups• Has someone taken the lead? How? How was the group involvedin this?• What were the functions of this person (or these persons)? Whichdifferent roles came up?• Were the roles chosen? Were they consensus? What was theirlegitimacy?• Did roles change? Why? And how? Were they questioned?Because of what – did the person fail, or was the strategy wrong?• How was the relationship between followers and leaders? In whatdid “following” consist – did it exist? How did followers behave?• How important are these roles in reality? How do they look like inan example?• What would make the work improve concerning roles? How shouldthey be taken, how should they be treated?

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