Looking at the past or future is a great way to get people to examine specific aspects of their present situation. At the heart of this kind of exercise is comparison. Participants have to consider the present and some other time, and compare them.
This category includes exercises where the participants consider a situation/condition by focusing on advice they would give someone in a given situation.
This type of exercise includes all those where the participants are given the power to change something with the help of an imaginary and extraordinary power, device or being.
In this kind of exercise, participants look at a random collection of images in a search for something that represents, in some way, the feelings they have about a given subject.
These types of exercise are useful for understanding the beliefs and experience of the participant group with another group, or for focusing the participant group on the mindset of another group.
These kinds of exercise propose an imaginary place where everything is the same as the world the participants live in except for one (or more) thing that is different.
These types of exercise allow participants to broaden their thinking and fantasise about what lies beyond their limits or the limits of those around them. Useful for identifying aspirational endpoints for which realistic solutions can be explored in subsequent exercises.
Exercises that follow this format stimulate participants to imagine a future scenario where something has changed and decide what has allowed or promoted the change. Helps teams understand the opportunities or warning signs in a situation. Also great for identifying the root cause of problems.
These types of exercise help different kinds of participants examine their experience of a shared situation and comprehend what each party feels and understands. Very useful for uncovering miscommunication and uneffective actions.
Exercises that invite a group to look at an existing situation to identify and eliminate the weakest or superfluous aspects. Eliminating something can be revolutionary, subtracting an feature from a pre-existing offering may radically change it. Also useful for mentally priming a team to consider minimalist approaches when searching for solutions in successive exercises.