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Memory Wall

OBJECT OF PLAY

Employees are human beings, and every human being likes to be acknowledged. To appreciate employee contributions, celebrate their accomplishments, and build camaraderie among team members, a Memory Wall works wonders.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

10–50

DURATION OF PLAY

45 minutes to 1.5 hours

HOW TO PLAY

  1. During the meeting, give each player markers, paper, tape, and a flat surface to draw on. Make sure you have usable wall space for display purposes.

  2. Ask the players to survey the other players in the room and take 10–15 minutes to write down positive, stand-out memories of working together, learning from each other, or participating in some way in organizational life.

  3. Once the players have written down a few memories, ask them to draw each memory on a different sheet of letter-sized paper. Tell them they can take 20–30 minutes to draw these "memory scenes." They can partner with any person(s) involved in a memory to conjure up the details of that memory—visually or contextually.

  4. When drawing time is up, ask the players to tape their scenes on the wall, forming a visual "memory cloud."

  5. As the meeting leader, first ask for volunteers to approach the wall and discuss memories they posted and want to share. When you've run out of volunteers, approach memories on the wall that catch your eye and ask for the owner to share the story.

  6. Summarize the experiences and ask the players to take a moment to silently recognize and appreciate those who have contributed to their work life in ...

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