Objective: to think up new angles or ideas based on the oracle’s answers
Summary: 2 people form 1 identity — the oracle — and respond as one person to questions from the others
Duration: 15 minutes — 3 to 5 minutes per group (2 people form a small group to become the oracle)
Number of participants: 2
Description of the activity:
Select two participants and ask them to stand in front of the group. Instruct them to speak as one person — they always have to speak simultaneously but without deciding beforehand who leads and who follows.
Next, ask a few simple questions about the subject. The other people present can subsequently also ask the oracle some questions. Do this for about three to five minutes. After this, ask everyone present to write down any ideas based on the oracle’s answers.
If you have enough time, you can also form a different group to play the oracle and then the whole process starts again.
Tips & directions:
- Tell the participants that this is a very difficult exercise and that it is totally okay if they make mistakes.
- The trick to speaking as one is to mirror each other’s mouths. You may have to coach the participants a little in the beginning to pay more attention to each other.
- Encourage the people who form the group to talk as quickly as possible but always simultaneously.
- Encourage the people who form the oracle to alternate the leader and follower roles.
- When a sentence makes absolutely no sense whatsoever or the participants are not speaking simultaneously, ask them to repeat their answer.
- Ask lots of questions and suggest that the people who form the oracle keep the answers short.