2B or Knot 2B
Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Consensus Building
Props Needed: Webbing
Set Up: Need 5 different colors of Raccoon Circles for the first level, and 5 identical colors for level two. With a water knot, tie four of the Raccoon Circles into separate loops, then tie the fifth Raccoon Circle through the other four. Now place all five of these circles on the ground, in such a way that it is not immediately obvious which one of the five Raccoon Circles is holding the other four together.
Process: The object of the activity is for the group to come to a consensus on which Raccoon Circle they believe is holding the other four together. After completing this first level of 2B or KNOT 2B (with five different colors of webbing), encourage the group to try level two, where all five Raccoon Circles are the same color. Again, the object is for the entire group to come to a consensus as to which one of the five Raccoon Circles is holding the other four together, without touching any of them during the decision process.
For some groups, the facilitator may need to explain what consensus means, and perhaps why it is important in a group to utilize consensus. Next, the facilitator may choose to assist the group in coming to a consensus, by asking how to check for consensus (visual sign, voting, verbal confirmation, etc.), partnering with others in the group, and asking pairs to vote on their choice, etc.
Finally, after the group has achieved consensus, the facilitator may choose to investigate the various styles of problem-solving used to successfully complete this task.
Variations: A total of four Raccoon Circles makes the 2B or KNOT 2B set fairly easy. Eight Raccoon Circles in a set is very difficult (especially for the level two challenge - where all Raccoon Circles are the same color). Five, recommended here, is a medium challenge, but a good place to start, at least for level one.
The sketches below (uploading soon), illustrate how to create a set of 2B or KNOT 2B Raccoon Circles with five pieces of webbing, and one example of how to lay these circles on the ground in a manner in which it is not immediately obvious which Raccoon Circle is holding the other four together.
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