The Peter Block Community Exercise — connection, gifts, community: better than ‘a warmup’

How do you get people to connect to each other quickly?

  • it involves experimenting with getting deeply interested in people rather than jumping in, telling an empathetic story, mentoring, coaching, advising, or ‘helping’ Peter memorably says ‘all help is a form of colonialism’ — something we should all spend more time thinking about.
  • it’s short, and it cuts interesting discussions short — so people might want to continue them…
  • you actually find out a lot of deeper layers about the other people, and disclose a lot yourself — in very few minutes
  • It’s not perfect, but it does model a very different world that is both possible and valuable.

What do you do for warmups that aren’t just a ‘throwaway’?



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