Learnings from role playing through future scenariosby Adrian
On Monday the 4Sing team combined two of our favourite approaches: scenarios and role-playing.
The participants – a total of about 120 people gathered by an International Organisation – were allocated to one of the four scenarios, i.e. about 30 people per scenario. Each scenario group was then broken down further, into five sub-groups, each of which needed to role play a particular perspective in the scenario – for instance, a lower-income country could have a very different take on the problems posed in the scenario when compared to a higher-income country. The small groups then had time to review the ideas of others, before a few “commonality spotters” identified the similar threads they could see in all groups, and we looked at a word cloud produced by participant input.
The big thing I would change if doing this again, is to find a better way of gathering bottom-up input from all participants than using a word cloud – as one participant pointed out, there were many words that were near synonyms but did not appear in large letters, as they were not identically formulated.