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Gamestorming by James Macanufo, Sunni Brown, Dave Gray

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Spectrum Mapping

OBJECT OF PLAY

Spectrum mapping is designed to reveal the diversity of perspectives and options around any given topic and to organize them into a meaningful spectrum. This game gives players an opportunity to express their views without having to assert them vocally or even take ownership of them in front of the group. It's valuable because it unearths information that plays a role in attitudes and behaviors that otherwise may not be visible.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS

5–15

DURATION OF PLAY

30 minutes to 1 hour

HOW TO PLAY

  1. Before the game begins, brainstorm topics around which you want insight from the group. Write each topic on a sticky note.

  2. Introduce Spectrum Mapping by stating that the purpose of the game is to illuminate the team's range of perspectives and to organize those perspectives into a continuum so that everyone gets a view of it.

  3. Post the topic sticky notes in a column in the approximate middle of a space on the wall visible to the players. Ask everyone to silently generate a point-of-view preference option around that topic and write it on a sticky note. They are welcome to offer more than one.

  4. Ask the players to come to the wall and post their sticky notes in a horizontal line on either side of the topic. Reassure them that the relationships between the sticky notes aren't yet of interest. The visual may look like the following figure.

  5. Once the sticky notes are posted, work with the group to sort them into a horizontal range of ideas. Sticky notes that express similar ...

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