- Mad Tea purpose: Create a bigger, richer, and clearer context for shaping next steps together
- Our (specific) purpose for this activity: a way to review and discuss our progress, thinking and some readings on a topic.
People & Technology:
- 2 facilitators – BJ Eib & Tracy Kelly
- 8 participants from the same organization
- Tech: PowerPoint, Blackboard Collaborate (tools: breakout rooms, timer, announcement, whiteboard),
- The big “online” idea: use breakout rooms to create private pair talking spaces to replicate the repeated rapid cycles of 1:1 conversations.
- We did this activity after a general welcome/warmup and tech check-in, and before another activity that dug deeper.
|Five Structural Elements – Min Specs (from original LS Mad Tea)||Notes for adapting to online (BB Collaborate)|
| 1. Structuring Invitation
| 2. How Space Is Arranged and Materials Needed
|3. How Participation Is Distributed
| 4. How Groups Are Configured
| 5. Sequence of Steps and Time Allocation
1.  Ask everyone in the group to for two concentric circles and find one other person, standing directly across from them, face to face
2.  Describe the rules succinctly: in very short order, one person completes the sentence on the screen while the other expresses keen interest and curiosity
3.  Invite one person in each pair to finish the sentence # 1 first , ding the bells once at 30 seconds, then invite the other to do the same
4. Ding the bells twice at 1 minute, remind participants to move two to the right (you will not have to remind them after the first round)
5. [12-15] Repeat step 2-4 for each additional open sentence (up to 15 total)
6.  Ask, what did you notice about the Mad Tea experience?
Rounds go like this:
Post-session reflections, tips, etc…
- This may be a case where more time is needed to do this online – e.g., be generous in the first round and with the first minute of each 2-min round (i.e., after participants go to breakout rooms). Consider 1.5 or 2 min instead of 1 min.
- We did not have a slide illustrating the process, but I’d try it next time to see if it adds anything.
- Co-facilitate this one – there’s a lot going on!
- Considering using this activity (online or f2f)? Do consult the original activity description on http://www.liberatingstructures.com/ls/ – you’ll find lots more information and very useful detail to support your facilitation (e.g., tips & traps, riffs & variations)