Written by: Kirsten Williams and Gioel Gioacchino; Edited By: Denisse Albornoz

By simulating a notebook production company, this team-building game helps groups of co-researchers become aware of their team’s dynamics. This is a great exercise to reflect on the challenges of working together under time pressure.

Our experience using this technique:

We first played this game in Berlin, during a workshop with the Art of Living Foundation. The instruction was: ‘produce a tennis ball’. To do so we each had to touch a tennis ball but in order of every other person (i.e skipping the person next to you) until everyone had touched the ball. When we had all touched it, we had to deliver it to our ‘client’, played by one of the facilitators. We played this game with the launch group of Recrear and found ourselves having a profound reflection on the roles each of us played in the group. Since then we’ve adapted the technique to observe teamwork in action and to draw awareness around what each individual brings to the process. We’ve played with this technique in the Dominican Republic, Canada, Cuba and Colombia.

Research and Development:

What are we trying to understand about the community?
Why is it important for the community’s development?
At what stage(s) of the research cycle is this method used?


What do I need?
How long does it take?

Benefits and Challenges

What are the benefits of using this technique?
What are the challenges of using this technique?


How to adapt the technique
Tips and Traps :

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