1718 is a fun, flexible warm-up exercise that encourages participants use their creativity to break down a complex modern concept and reframe it using simple visual metaphors.
How to facilitate:
- Hand everyone participating a blank sheet of paper and a sharpie
- Give the prompt to the group: “You just met someone from the year 1718. In 2 minutes, illustrate and explain to them what “the internet” is.
- Have each person present their “explanation” to the group. You can also choose to do the exercise in pairs and have each person take turns presenting to one another.
- Want to do another round? Try replacing “the internet” with other modern day concepts like websites or car insurance!
Whether we’re trying to teach others new concepts, deliver a winning pitch, or figure out effective messaging/marketing strategies, the simplest metaphors and analogies can go a long way to explain even the most complex ideas to anyone.