Practica – Sounds and silence

For an intercultural small group icebreaker, consider the following:

  1. Gather a collection of sound-makers, tools, instruments, either real or recorded – just sound, not video.
  2. Make or play these sounds one at a time.
  3. After each sound, ask participants to share what they will of their inner reactions self-talk, feelings about that sound. In some groups, it might be useful for the participants to jot down what they thought and felt about the sound before sharing.
  4. After half a dozen or so discuss what cultural contexts may have been at work in their reactions to the sounds they heard.

The benefits of this exercise include exploring the various meanings attributed from cultural and contextual perspectives, but most often it is a stimulus to curiosity and connection among the participants.

The sound of a wind chime chiming.


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