facilitation resources


group agreements

check in questions

via the youth development network. they have tons of other energizers and ice breakers.

  1. What is the story behind your name?
  2. If you got a tattoo, what kind would you get and where would you put it?
  3. What would be on the menu for your ultimate birthday dinner?
  4. What view would you love to have from your room?
  5. What celebrity would you choose to have dinner with?
  6. What would you like to be famous for someday?
  7. Would you do anything differently if you didn’t care what people thought?
  8. What would you like to learn to do someday?
  9. What new name would you choose for yourself?
  10. If you could attend school in another country, which would you choose?
  11. Would you accept the opportunity to live forever?
  12. Who would you like to trade places with for a month?
  13. Where would you most like to travel?
  14. What event in the past or future would you like to witness in person?
  15. Which famous athlete would you love to meet?
  16. Will you discipline your children in the same way as you are disciplined?
  17. What is one fear would you like to conquer?
  18. What is the perfect age?
  19. What makes you laugh the hardest?
  20. What would you like to be doing in ten years?
  21. Which of your teachers has had the greatest impact on you?
  22. What kind of party would you throw if you had an unlimited budget?
  23. Do you have any habits you would like to give up?
  24. Would you rather be a great musician, athlete, scientist, artist, politician, or writer?
  25. How would your plans for the future change, if you knew you would inherit a fortune?
  26. What one question would you love to ask a psychic about the future?
  27. What should be the role of parents during the teen years?
  28. What special talent would you like to have?
  29. What superpower/skill would you like to have?
  30. How would you solve the problem of drunk driving?
  31. How would you solve the problem of homelessness?
  32. What are the reasons you believe, or don’t believe, in God?
  33. Is hunting animals for sport right or wrong?
  34. What personal trait has gotten you in the most trouble?
  35. Is there a difference between who you think you are and how others perceive you?
  36. What will be the best and scariest parts about leaving home?
  37. How would a woman president be different from a man?
  38. What would you save first if your house caught fire?
  39. What will be the best and worst things about being an adult?
  40. What one thing would you like to learn how to cook?
  41. Who are your role models?
  42. What is the most significant problem facing the world?

other good questions

  1. share something that consistently makes you laugh
  2. share your favorite poem and why that’s the one


  1. 4x4 (groups of four finding four things in common)
  2. youth development network: icebreakers & energizers. make sure to look at the backpocket guide, too.

emergent strategy principles

retributive, restorative, and transformative justice


source: eroc

racial justice

difficult conversations resources

slide deck Ladder of Inference Toolshero - Ladder of Inference, 7 steps during a decision making process: https://www.toolshero.com/decision-making/ladder-of-inference/ Using the Ladder of Inference – https://personalmasterycoaching.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/rethinking-thinking-using-the-ladder-of-inference/ The systems Thinker: https://thesystemsthinker.com/the-ladder-of-inference/ Mindtools: https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTMC_91.htm Constructive Discord / Functional Conflict https://www.isixsigma.com/implementation/teams/constructive-discord-the-role-of-conflict-in-building-high-performance-teams/ https://www.bates-communications.com/bates-blog/bid/96486/Functional-Conflict-The-Secret-Ingredient-of-High-Performing-Teams