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TINY Monsters/Demons

(or maybe not that tiny)

Tiny demons or monsters is a metaphor for the fears we carry on in many different situations of our lives.

The FEAR is not more than a projection in the future of a past personal experience or something someone told us and, that includes not only your family, friends but Netflix, HBO and Prime Video.

When we face our FEARS, we can generate ways to work with them alone or with others.

Playful, generative conversation unfolds.

Structuring Invitation to play

  1. What do we fear? 
  2. How can we use that fear as a way to discover what to do next? 
  3. To engage the ideas/skills/energy of those around us in those next steps? 
  4. What is it you fear about _ (the focus of interaction at hand)

Invite everyone to start then turning the images in each box into separate demons or monsters. You can encourage them to add eyes, ears, teeth, horns, wings, claws, and other attributes… or just leave them abstract. (4-10 mins)

  1. Once the demon drawings are complete, turn back to the list of fears, concerns and doubts. Invite people to match the items on their list to the demon drawings. You might prompt: Which fear corresponds to which demon?
  2. Invite them to label (and creatively name) their demons based on the matching. (1-2 mins). Playful, generative conversation unfolds.

Next step options

Milling to share demons with a partner, practice describing, notice similarities and differences (4 mins, milling at will or with bells) or in a more structured gallery walk.

Invite everyone to select a single demon/monster that they need to befriend or at least see differently. (1 min)

Take a clean sheet of paper and draw that demon a second time, but this version makes it dancing. Prepare for spontaneous and contagious giggles (2-4 mins).  Set up the gallery in the room or in MIRO board or any board you use.

Do 15% solutions for your next step in working with/dancing with your demon.

The sequence of Steps and Time Allocation

  • First, alone, each person generates his or her own list of 15% Solutions. 5 min.
  • Individuals share their ideas with a small group (2 to 4 members). 3 min. per person and one person at a time
  • Group members provide consultation to one another (asking clarifying questions and offering advice). 5 to 7 min. per person and one person at a time

WHY? Purposes


  • Move away from blockage, negativism, and powerlessness
  • Have people discover their individual and collective power
  • Reveal bottom-up solutions
  • Share actionable ideas and help one another
  • Build trust
  • Remember unused capacity and resources (15 per cent is always there for the taking)
  • Reduce waste
  • Close the knowing-doing gap

Troika consulting on demons Debrief if needed (2-10 mins)