Participants are invited to form a single line from one end of room to another. This can be a simple way of mixing up a group e.g. "Line up according to your birthday." Another method is to start by asking people to line up by height without speaking to each other.This always provokes some fun comparisons and conversations.
Once warmed up, we ask people to line up according to an issue relevant to the theme of the event, for example:
- Stand towards one end if you are optimistic about the coming year, and towards the other end of you are expecting significant challenges
- Stand towards one end if you consider yourself comfortable experimenting with new technologies, and towards the other if you are less confident
We then invite people to form conversations with either those in similar positions to them, or to talk to people who have very different views. The main thing is to provoke some conversations about diversity and difference.
An advanced form is to ask two questions at the same time and guide participants in placing themselves along these axes, as pictured below.