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Gamestorming by James Macanufo, Sunni Brown, Dave Gray

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Low-Tech Social Network

OBJECT OF PLAY

The object of this game is to introduce event participants to each other by co-creating a mural-sized, visual network of their connections.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

Large groups in an event setting

DURATION OF PLAY

25 minutes to create the first version of the network; the network remains up for the duration of the event, and may be added to, changed, or studied throughout

HOW TO PLAY

To set up the game, all participants will need a 5×8 index card and access to markers or something similar to draw their avatar. They will also need a substantial wall covered in butcher paper to create the actual network.

  1. An emcee or leader for the event gives the participants clear instructions: "As a group, we are going to build the social network that is in the room right now. We're going to use this wall to do it. But first, we need to create the most fundamental elements of the network: who you are. Start by taking your card and drawing your avatar (profile picture) that you'll be uploading to the network. Save room on the bottom of the card for your name."

  2. Create the avatars. After a short period of time (and probably some laughter and apologies for drawing ability), the participants should have their avatars and names created. At this point, the emcee may add a variation, which is to ask the group to also write two words on the card that "tag" who they are or what they're interested in at the event.

  3. Make the connections. Next, the emcee directs participants to stand up ...

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