One of the best ways to help others switch to a sustainable lifestyle is by holding workshops within the community. Workshops have always been effective for the dissemination of information, as well as forming support groups and giving people the chance to get to know others who share their cause.
Unfortunately, some workshops get a bad rap for being boring. This is often addressed by facilitators with fun games and activities, but it’s always important to choose activities that are appropriate, based on both subject matter and ease of execution. After all, you don’t want to be planning a workshop with activities they can’t finish within the day.
For your sustainability workshops, you can choose to go with a fun game of Sustainability Bingo. Bingo has grown to be a rather popular pastime, and it’s a game that nearly everyone is familiar with. This is thanks in part to the reimaging of the game, and its integration with social networking. Gaming Realms, owners of Free Bingo Hunter, claim that introducing their bingo games to social networks has resulted in an increase in player numbers – over 300%! Its appeal as a social game is also what makes it ideal for workshops, because playing Sustainability Bingo doesn’t just break the ice, it also makes it so your participants get to know each other and find out more about each other’s sustainability practices.
The game is introduced by LEADS at Keith, and it’s quite simple. They’re already prepared the bingo card for you! It’s a variation of Human Bingo (or People Bingo), where the card lists various sustainability practices. Cards can be handed out to the participants, who will then be given 10-15 minutes to scour the room looking for people who do the activities listed on the card. Activities range from “taking only 5 minutes in the shower” to “donates clothes, books, and toys” and even “has done an energy audit at home”.
With Sustainability Bingo, not only do your participants learn more about their colleagues, but they also learn various ways to go sustainable. At the end of the game, you can ask each participant to talk more about their sustainability practices, and where to go from there.
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