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Action Needed: Issue, Challenge, Idea, Purpose, Timing

Action Needed: Issue, Challenge, Idea, Purpose, Timing


5 - 15 minutes

Purpose/Objectives - Quick Description

As one big or several little groups, easily discuss what your team feels needs to be acted on to move your project/gathering/organization forward


Either at the front of the room or in small people science groups:


  1. By show of hands, ask the group which option they want answers on:
    1. Issue
    2. Challenge
    3. Idea
    4. Purpose
    5. Timing
  2. Once selected, have each person write down what their question/discussion point is on a piece of paper that they want acted on.
  3. Allow people to call out what it is and have the leader/facilitator or group give an answer
  4. Collect all the paper to continuously re-address the actions needed throughout the gathering


Flipcharts and markers for small groups to record, or white board at the front of the room if writing down answers is preferred.

Cool Possibilities/Options

  • Change up the 4 categories. This exercise can work with almost any categories (these ones just prove successful time and again regardless of the content type)
  • Cluster the answers submitted so that the organizer/leader can answer broad categories. Please don’t forget that answering specifics can be more powerful! 

People Science Data Capture:

Not recommended for capture. Discussion of relevant actions needed in people science groups is one of the most powerful uses


5 - 15 minutes, action, brainstorm, discussion, front of the room, ideas, identifying the unspoken issues, small groups

What’s a Maker?



  1. A simple exercise two or more people can do to develop a stronger relationship
  2. A way to avoid endless talk about being busy and the weather
  3. A catalyst to communities that can make an impact

Often times mistaken as an ‘icebreaker’ or ‘exercise’