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Open-Mindedness Exercise


Do you have a good exercise or game to get people to see other people's points of view and to encourage and demonstrate open-mindedness?

7 Responses

  1. 3 ideas

    1) Take an object / product and use the SCAMMPERR model to turn it in to something else.

    2) Short creative thinking exercise. Write down 20 uses of a clothes peg for example.

    (Are they assuming it's made of wood, plastic and 3 inches long?)

    3) Equal opportunities websites are usually a good source of material.



  2. just start a discussion on the definition of open mindedness

    one person's open mindedness is liberalism which another may view as a wooly lack of values…..give them some examples; eg lowering the age of consent to 15.  Legalising cannabis.  Returning the death penalty. Life means life.  50 weeks paternity leave.  The fairness of people under 50 having to work to 70 to get a state pension.  Sex changes on the NHS. Refusal of NHS care for the obese or smokers. Capping benefits. Human rights for convicted prisoners. £100,000 compensation for RAF female recruits "marching" injuries. 

    (pretty much anything that crops up on the front page of certain tabloid "newspapers"…..)


  3. Car Wars exercise

    I have designed some course notes around 'perception and reality' involving a dispute between two drivers as to who got to a parking space first. The exercise itself takes around 30 minutes however I have linked in some optional training material on behavioural styles (assertion/passivity/aggression). It's a great exercise completed in groups and the review afterwards causes lots of passionate debate.

    The course notes are on free download until 31st January 2014 so feel free to have a look at

    Hope that helps


  4. Open-Mindedness Exercise

    I have done a couple of  activities many a times.

    Participants in teams are encouraged to compete to generate as many ideas as possible,

    Ask the question-

    1. "What are the possible changes/ modifications that you would notice – If humans have tail?"

    Example: 1. Do you think computers would have been made with a mouse? Tail would have done most of the tasks

    2. What would happen if the entire fuel on the earth gets evoprated and you do not have single drop of petrol/gasolene/dielsel?

    Example: Demand for horses would go up and even a goat would cost more than $500 and a donkey would cost a bomb.


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