Use when you want thoughtful reflections on ideas, activities, conversations, emerging solutions, and progress.
Allow your mind to be still with the Silent Walk Drill. Between multitasking and day-to-day work, we typically don’t make time to quiet the noise and reflect.This drill offers not only a chance to Get Out, but to recharge and clear our heads—the catch? You guessed it, no speaking.
Start instead by surfacing the big, compelling questions that you want to explore while developing your solution.
During the drill we encourage Wrong Thinkers to clear their minds of what we worked through prior to the walk, or what we need to get back to afterwords. The concept is to simply be in the moment, and to let your senses guide your thoughts. If this seems to challenging for the group, sometimes we’ll give one simple prompt: reflect on what you are grateful for.
This varies in difficulty for Wrong Thinkers: some love the meditative quality and jump in. Others, especially the talkative ones, doubt they can do it. All that we ask is to suspend disbelief and go with it. Once the group returns ask them to reflect and share any discoveries they made or changes they noticed along the way—it can be more transformative than you think!
Silent Walk Poster (PDF)
Introduce the Silent Walk Drill.
Invite Wrong Thinkers to reflect on the conversations and Think Wrong Drills they’ve participated in so far.
Have Wrong Thinkers walk in silence in the surrounding area.
Have participants share their reflections, capturing highlights on the Silent Walk Poster.
If you are running the That’s Odd Drill, you might ask Wrong Thinkers to identify and sketch three remarkable things that they spot to use as your starting points for generating new solutions.