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Design Thinking: Warm-up Games
Creating Positive Group Atmosphere
Warm-ups can stimulate creativity, boost group dynamics, bring about relaxation, or be used as an icebreaker to get to know one another.
Warm-ups promote collaboration and strengthen a curious attitude. Warm-up games thus support the design thinking process, serves as an energizer, and improve problem-solving.
In design thinking, we conduct warm-up games not only at the beginning of the workshop, but also after a break or when we realize that the group is no longer working efficiently. This can take place in any phase of the collaboration and have different goals.
Benefits of doing warm-up:
Create a positive group atmosphere
Give workshop participants the chance to get to know one another
Remove social barriers
Reduce pressure to succeed
Activate and release positive energy
Distract the group a little bit so concentration is improved afterwards
Prepare the team for a certain mindset or way of working
Have fun and share a laugh
This PPT presentation includes four warm-up games that are easy to organize to energize your Design Thinking workshop:
1. Clapping Game: A lively and interactive warm-up that engages participants by synchronizing their claps, fostering teamwork, and setting a positive tone for your Design Thinking workshop.
2. Walk & Stop Game: An engaging warm-up activity that challenges participants to coordinate their movements, promoting team cohesion and a fun atmosphere to kickstart your Design Thinking workshop.
3. Numbers Game: A dynamic warm-up that encourages participants to work together by arranging themselves in numerical order, enhancing communication skills, and creating a collaborative atmosphere for your Design Thinking workshop.
4. Communication Game: An interactive warm-up game designed to improve communication and problem-solving skills among participants, setting the stage for effective collaboration in your Design Thinking workshop.
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