Building common ground

The first phase of the workshop aimed at creating trust and confidence, to create a free space, and start a collaborative development of language and idea about what the future could be. It was about getting to know each other and breaking down hierarchy. Methods use in this part of the workshop was:

  • Speed-dating: where we lined up in rows facing each other, having 1 minute to explain. The ‘speed-dating’ continued until everyone had talked to everyone.
  • Mistakes I made and what I learned from it: we were divided into 4 groups (4 participants in each) and had to discuss mistakes, personal and/or professional, we had made in our life.
  • Objects or symbols of mobility: the participants were asked to bring an object, physical or immaterial, that to them symbolizes mobility. The participants were divided into 4 groups (4 in each) where they presented their mobility object to each other answering ‘what did I bring’, ‘why did I bring it’ and ‘what does it mean to me’.
  • The Thing from the Future is a card game developed and designed by The Situation Lab by professors Stuart Candy and Jeff Watson. Kristoffer Thurøe (facilitating phase 1 of the workshop) had developed the game further to work into the MFC workshop. The Thing from the Future was used in different ways.


As the workshop group in Germany was smaller we made a few adjustments in relation to time frames and scope compared to the Danish workshop.

Here are some pictures from the session…

Initiating the speed-dating-session in Denmark


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Initial phase of speed-dating-session
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Presenting and discussing our objects or symbols of mobility. A piece of music, a bottle with ‘hot shit’ (a new material from which plastic can be produced sustainably), passport, summerhouse, master card, travel books are among the stuff people brought.
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Talking about ‘Mistakes we made’ in Germany
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Speed-dating in Germany
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To keep us focused and energized, Kristoffer introduced a hilarious game called ‘Ha-Ho-Hi’
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Talking about our objects or symbols of mobility in Germany




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