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Conflict Chair Game


First, you must decide how many groups you will divide the participants into. You can divide it into three groups if you are not too crowded. You can also divide the group into 4 or 5 by the number of participants. You must determine the number of groups in the place where you will play the game. One of these locations must be immovable. For example, Let's say you divided it into three groups; you can set a group in front of the blackboard, you can set a group in front of the table, and a group in front of the door. As you can see in this example, the table and the blackboard are movable objects, while the door is a fixed object. Write their tasks on paper as small as the number of groups. Their task is to collect all the chairs into their own positions.
For example;
1: Gather all the chairs in front of the flip chart!
2: Gather all the chairs in front of the table!
3: Gather all the chairs in front of the door!

Give the task papers to one group member and tell them not to open them until you say so. Say that you will count up to three, and when you say three, your tasks will begin. It would be more effective to count up to three in an exciting way.

In general, the participants enter a chair-catching race in the first place and then go to this chair fight. Do not interfere in conflict unless a health and safety risk arises. After a while, the participants will start (short or long) dialogue and produce solutions together. The main solution of the game will be to bring the movable objects near the object that cannot move and to gather all the chairs in a commonplace. Most groups arrive at this solution after a while. However, rarely, if they cannot find a solution (after feeling enough tension and uncertainty), you can end the game and help them find the solution through question and answer.

We recommend you do the debriefing by sitting in a circle.
Possible debriefing questions:
1. What would you say if you expressed what you experienced in this game in a word?
2. What are you feeling right now?
3. What happened when the game started? Can you explain step by step?
4. How did you feel gradually while these happened?
5. How did you get the solution? Or why couldn't you reach it?
6. How did you act individually?
7. What does this game tell us?
8. What do you know about conflict management?
9. Do your experiences in the game match with the concepts you know?
10. Do you experience similar situations in your own life?

Method Details

Learning Space
In Person Training
1 hour
Group Size & Age
Min. 9, Max. 40 People - Age: 10+
Chairs as many as the number of participants.
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