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Life boat game variations


I can remember taking part in an activity that was based on the lifeboat game/ balloon debate. The difference being rather than having famous peoples names we had description of them, similar to the lifeboat game. 

The challenge was to decide who stayed and who went and the big reveal at the end was to find out that you may well have thrown someone like mother Teresa over board and saved hitler.

Does anyone have this exercise or even the descriptions of the famous people? 

2 Responses

  1. See this example

    The University of Kent has shared an example of the lifeboat scenario with a cast of characters. They also give some guidance on how the different presentations might be evaluated.

    Giving each character an item like a fishing line or a suitcase full of money will make the discussion even more interesting.

    But you can make your own up, using well-known characters in history or present day. 

  2. Lifeboat game

    This specific game is available from Northgate but there are lots of similar from the original cave rescue to things like jungle survival. The key, as always, is in the facilitation rather than the game itself, though the professionally produced games do give a certain polish that goes down well with some audiences.


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