Sometimes a group will struggle to understand its challenge. The challenge will feel overwhelming because as soon as they focus on one part of the problem they quickly realise that there are other, just as challenging parts to work on.
Creating the environments where a group can wrestle with that complexity and also develop some form of ‘understanding’ about their problem is one of the many jobs of the Facilitation Team. The activity ‘Create-The-Game’ does just that. It is a way to have participants dive into their problems by creating games. Making these games allows the group to develop a new insight into what their problems are really about. Problems are there to be solved, right? That’s similar to how games are meant to be won?
Create-The-Game is a great example of how you can generate new insight into a problem by re-framing it. In the case of this activity that insight is gained by having the group design, build, and play a game that is focussed on ‘winning’ over their challenge.