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Hazelwood and Churchill (Victoria, Australia) local Girl Guide information noticeboard.


PURPOSE: To demonstrate the importance of two way communication

EQUIPMENT: Fifteen toothpicks per person

TIME:      Approximately 15 minutes

METHOD: Every person finds a partner

back on the ‘archi tect ‘

Pairs sit back to takes the role of the ‘builder’.

floor. One person the other is

Architects arrange their toothpicks in a pattern of their choice on the floor in front of their sitting position, out of.sight of their partners.

Architects must then describe to their builders the exact pattern, which the builders must try to duplicate by listening to the instructions given. Builders must place their toothpicks where they are instructed to do so. No discussion is permitted.

When the builder has finished, architects and builders should compare their efforts.

Second time – reverse roles. Architects become builders, builders become architects. Repeat the procedure as before, however allowing two way flow of information. Builders not understanding instructions may ask for more information or clarification from their architects.

Compare end product with design.

Invariably, results of the second style of

work are better than the first ie the best results

come through two way communication rather than

one way, where there are frequently misunderstandings

and incorrect assumptions made.


t understand

How the
did builders ins true tions
dldn i

feel when they

given but couldn’t ask for help?

Which situation felt more comfortable for all concerned – where there was one way or two way

grea t

Why? Was there achieved?

communication? in the results

In what situations could one way communication be effective? Where is two way communication more suitable?


May 19, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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