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Icebreaker: Geographical Map of Participants

Icebreaker: Geographical Map of Participants
Exercises, Icebreakers, Personal Impact

Article Rating:::: 21 Ratings :::: Monday, January 11, 2010


This is a handy exercise to get the delegates to know each other better. Each person reveals details of their life and the results are drawn on a map. The exercise can be extended to explore many areas.


Draw a geographical map of participants’ life using several data layers.

What You Need

  • A large white board or an area you can draw on.
  • Colour pens.
  • Optional: You can use a map of the world and use colour pins.


  • Draw the map of the world or optionally hang the map.
  • Ask the delegates, one by one, to explain which geographical place they consider home.
  • For each person place a dot, or their initials on the map.
  • Next, ask for place of birth, and this time use a different colour to mark dots or initials on the map.
  • Next, ask for place of birth of each delegate’s mother and add this set to the map.
  • You can carry on adding new data layers as you ask delegates to reveal more information about themselves. Examples of other data layers are:
    • Your ideal holiday destination
    • The furthest you have travelled
    • Your most favourite country other than your home country
    • Your most favourite city in your country, other than your home
    • Your most favourite city in the world, other than your home
    • The place you like to live your retirement in


Explaining the Exercise: 2 minutes.

Activity: 10 minutes

Group Feedback: 0 minutes. 


Are there any patterns in the map? Are there areas with lots of marks? Are there areas that are effectively empty? What does this suggest about the delegates?

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Rajah Manuri Nagaraj   By Rajah Manuri Nagaraj @ Monday, January 18, 2010 5:46 PM
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Chelsea Elm   By Chelsea Elm @ Monday, January 18, 2010 5:54 PM
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Nagaraj   By Nagaraj @ Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:31 AM
I appreciate your amicability. I would like to know how these pages can be downloaded as files. Or at least as hard copies.

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