Name of the Method
Conflict Chair Game
Conflict Chair Game
Min. 9, Max. 40 People - Age: 10+
Chairs as many as the number of participants
First you need to decide how many groups you will divide the participants into. If you are not too crowded, you can divide it into 3 groups. You can also divide the group into 4 or 5 by the number of participants. You must determine the number of groups in the place where you will play the game. One of these locations must be immovable. For example; Let's say you divided it into 3 groups, you can sit a group in front of the blackboard, you can sit a group in front of the table, and a group in front of the door. As you can see in this example, the table and the blackboard are movable objects, while the door is a fixed object. Write their tasks on paper as small as the number of groups. Their task is to collect all the chairs into their own positions.
1: Gather all the chairs in front of the flip-chart!
2: Gather all the chairs in front of the table!
3: Gather all the chairs in front of the door!
Give the task papers to one person in each group and tell them not to open them until you say so. Say that you will count up to three, and when you say three, your tasks will begin. It would be more effective to count up to three in an exciting way.
In general, the participants enter some sort of chair-catching race in the first place, and then go to this chair fight. Do not interfere in conflict unless the health and safety risk arises. After a while, the participants will start (short or long) dialogue and start producing solutions together. The main solution of the game will be to bring the movable objects near the object that cannot move and to gather all the chairs in a common place. Most groups arrive at this solution after a while. However, rarely, if they cannot find a solution (after feeling enough tension and uncertainty), you can end the game and help them find the solution through question and answer.
We recommend you to do the debriefing by sitting in a circle.
Possible debriefing questions:
1. What would you say if you expressed what you experienced in this game in a word?
2. What are you feeling right now?
3. What happened when the game started? Can you explain step by step?
4. How did you feel gradually while these happened?
5. How did you get the solution? Or why couldn't you reach it?
6. How did you act individually?
7. What does this game tell us?
8. What do you know about conflict management?
9. Do your experiences in the game match with the concepts you know?
10. Do you experience similar situations in your own life?
It is a very effective game that gives participants a deep experience in Conflict Management.