How to play:
- Provide a prompt contrary to your values. Ours was: "The library is a research environment that maintains the exclusive and inaccessible nature of information."
- Have group brainstorm values to support this prompt.
- Talk about the cathartic nature of releasing previous negative experiences and connotations of process.
- Look at how expressing the opposite of what you value can lead to clarifying what you do value
I got several positive comments about this activity after our strategic planning kick-off meeting. And it was a lot of fun. After we got going, it was hard to stop, and it did allow us to confront the negativity head on and move past it.
This idea was inspired by a game in Thiagi's 100 Favorite Games (Sivasailam Thiagarajan), called Double Negatives