This exercise helps the delegates to examine our changing world and provides an opportunity to discuss what it means for future. You can use this as part of a change management course or to run it for staff who are subjected to a change management programme.
Discuss the evolution of change on a particular topic based on the images provided.
What You Need
- Pictures that represent change. These are sets of images from past to present on a particular topic. Here are some examples:
- Evolution of telephone, from old dial phones, to landlines, to brick cordless phones to mobile phones to smart phones. A great poster on evolution of phones can be found here.
- Music players
- Hair styles
- Interior design
- Shopping behaviour
- Overall attitudes in society
- Roles (from being a daughter, to a sister, to a wife, to a mother and to a grandmother)
- Divide the delegates to groups of 3 or 4. Make sure there is an age variation in each group.
- Give one set of images on a particular topic to each group at random.
- Ask the groups to discuss the changes that took place in that topic based on experience and memory while getting inspired by the images.
- Naturally, those who are older can talk about the past and explain how they had to deal with the change at each stage.
- Encourage groups to discuss the significance of these changes in the society and also specifically in their own lives.
- Encourage groups to talk about the future of that topic, what they expect to happen next, how it would impact their organisations, what they should do to prepare for it.
- Allow 10 minutes for this part.
- Collect all images and distribute a different set of images to all groups.
- Repeat as before for another 10 minutes.
- Repeat for a third round and then bring back everyone together.
- Follow with a discussion.
Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes
Activity: 10 min * 3 rounds = 30 minutes
Group Feedback: 10 minutes
What do you think of change? Is it inevitable? How does it affect us all? What should we do to survive a change? What areas do you expect to be most challenging in the future in terms of change and what can you do about them now to stay one step ahead?