Activities whose main function is to get people to loosen up, to communicate with each other freely, to relax, to get excited or enthusiastic. Most often they are games, but they can also have thematic content.

List of games from Kani Club

  • Me-You
  • Rhythm shiritori
  • Don't get left behind (ひとりにならない)
  • Word Association
  • Let's do it!
  • Yes, and yay
  • Yes, and... interview
  • Master and Slaves
  • One Voice
  • One Word
  • A,B,C,D
  • Entry/Exit
  • Freeze Tag
  • Song
  • Emotional Replay
  • Genre Replay
  • Words from the heart
  • Superhero
  • Papers
  • Musical
  • Typewriter
  • Space Jump
  • Feeling Shift (mime of day's event)
  • Experience Rendering (sound, motion, statue)
  • Mime -- what's my job?
  • Mime -- who am I? (variation, try to join in, rebuff if wrong)

Feel free

This is not so much an activity or technique as a policy. But, it has implications for facilitation and for participants' actions.

At the outset of a course or workshop, as part of my self-introduction, I explain that there is one general rule that is very important to me, that is that everyone should feel free. (This is constantly evolving as I learn more about what feeling free can mean.)

The spiel:

People should feel free to be comfortable:

  • to stand up if they need to stand up,
  • to leave the room if they need to leave the room,

"This sucks, this is my heart..."

This activity is a variation on "This is Not a Pipe" and Se Murio Chicho.

Standing/sitting in a circle.

The joker starts the game by pretending to pick up and hold in his/her hands an imaginary object. S/he considers the object, then declares, "This stinks!" and wrinkles his/her nose.

Sample categories for the Union Democracy and Power Line

These are categories we used in the power line at the 2000 National Rank-and-File Carpenters Conference in Boston, Mass. that AUD organized with Carpenters for a Democratic Union.


  • In the actual chart, the categories were much larger -- 90 point type.
  • You have to create categories that match your participants and their concerns (based on any information you can gather before the event).
  • You should always include at least two blank columns and encourage participants to add any categories they think are missing from the power line.