1 minute Ask everyone to stand up and move into a space where there is some elbowroom. Ask them to leave all their “stuff” behind.
1 minute Invite everyone to think about a question that relates to the purpose of the meeting - something everyone has an equal ability to talk about.
5 minutes Tell participants that when the bell rings, they should find a partner - someone they know less well. Invite them to have a conversation about the suggested question for two minutes each.
10 minutes Now, ring the bell and invite participants to find partner and have another conversation. Each round lasts five minutes. Between rounds, ask them to put a hand up if they are looking for a partner so they can see who else needs a partner.
3 minutes After three “rounds” invite the group to sit back down and debrief them.
🌐 In an online setting
Introduce your guiding questions upfront, make sure to put them in chat so people can recall them easily. In the meantime your co-facilitator is setting up random breakout rooms with 2 people per room. Give them a 3 to 5 minute timer to talk about the question. Once the time is up - people turn up in the “main space”. Ask your participants how it was and let them share a couple of insights. Again - you co-facilitator is making new breakout rooms with different pairs (at random) during this time. We recommend doing a max of 3 rounds in total.
*tip: if you want to capture people's answers or insights regarding the introduced questions put up a whiteboard and ask a couple of people to share out loud while you write down their answers on the board.