We Did It! “Trading Cards” from Gamestorming

Last week we finally had the chance to road test some of the games described in Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown and James Macanufo.

Because I’m embedded in an organization most of the time we all know one another when we get together for brainstorming sessions.  But this event was special.  We had a wonderful mix of expertise from inside and outside the organization.

I don’t know about you, but I have a miserable time trying to remember names as they are fired off at meetings.  You’ll see me frantically writing down names as people introduce themselves and there will *always* be one person whose name I totally miss.

So we decided to replace traditional introductions with the Trading Cards game (page 130).

We had 10 people in the room and budgeted 15 minutes total – 5 minutes for sketching, 10 for introductions.

  • Some attendees were nervous about drawing a self-portrait.
  • Others were worried about disclosing a fact about themselves that would *not* come back to haunt them.

In the end, it was wildly entertaining and a perfect way to warm up.   If we had not opened with the game we never would have known that we had a Junior Olympic champion in our midst, or that someone was named after a jar of olives, or that you could actually letter in Academic Team in high school.

And the best part is that I never had to frantically write down someone’s name!

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