The Flip Side

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Change, Energizer

Props Needed: Webbing circles

Set Up: This is one of the simplest group problem solving activities for the Raccoon Circle, but it leaves the door open for some serious discussion about team consensus and group problem solving. Begin by drawing a large letter A on one end of the webbing (on the side with no black thread stripe). Next, place another symbol on the far end of the webbing, on the same side (such as the number 1). Then twist the webbing, and drop it on the ground.

Process: The task for the group is to decide whether the letter A is on the same side as the number 1, or not.

Note: some tubular climbing webbing is manufactured with a black thread on one side (similar to the dashed white line down the middle of most roads). You can elect to tell the participants about this information, or allow them to discover it for themselves. As in many problem solving activities, ‘discovering’ useful information is part of the process. As a second, higher level version of this   activity, try using a piece of tubular climbing webbing that does not have a black thread.

Debriefing Topics:

  • What evidence did you use to help persuade the group to see things your way?
  • How did the group communicate during this activity?
  • Were all of the ideas heard?

For resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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