Diversity Icebreaker Workshop by Dr. Bjorn Z.Ekelund

Diversity Icebreaker workshop was held by Dr. Bjorn Z.Ekelund from Norway under the name of KUSIF event on 13 Nov.2013 at Koç University.

The workshop is run for a group of 30 students in total and lasts almost one hour. The students are divided into groups -red,blue or green- based on a questionnaire which is used in the workshop and its aim is to improve communication and interaction in the group. 

Based on the results from the questionnaire the participants are divided into three categories (Red, Blue and Green). Each color represents a certain set of preferences. The facilitator is suggested to follow a certain seminar structure to bring out the effect of helping the participants develop a shared understanding about effective ways to communicate and work together with people with different preferences.

Through the seminar process the sense of the categories is worked out by the students themselves and they discover the effect of putting labels on each other, as well as the effect of “us” versus “the others” way of thinking. A systematic use of humor is central in the process and stimulates the students to a safe and open reflection about differences.

 

 

 

 

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