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INTRODUCTION TO SOLO CHALLENGE
What is 'Solo Challenge'? Who is it for? How long does it take?
'Solo Challenge' is an exercise that involves creative negotiation, imagination, caring, co-operation, understanding, reviewing and ... challenge! It is suitable for an established learning group of 6 to 12 people. At least 90 minutes is needed for this three part exercise.
What are the objectives of 'Solo Challenge'?
There is no straight answer to this question! Essentially objectives are set within the exercise itself. So 'Solo Challenge' can be seen as an 'objective-setting' exercise. The objectives are individual ones and they are created by the group. The original purpose (see next) was to shift the focus from group development to individual development (or from the team to the team members).
Where does 'Solo Challenge' comes from?
When I first came up with this exercise I had no idea what was going to happen (and I still don't!). Its original purpose was simply to break up the routine of group tasks that formed the main structure of a training programme. Its actual effect was to accelerate group development while also giving each individual a chance to receive some focused attention and recognition from the group - based around the three stages of their 'solo challenge'.
What is the nature of 'Solo Challenge'?
'Solo Challenge' is an individually tailored event carried out in a supportive group. It is fun, creative, and a bit risky. It is fairly dependent on the facilitator making judgements along the way and keeping things moving. It also involves trusting learners to come up with suitable 'activity' ideas for themselves and for each other.
What ages is 'Solo Challenge' suitable for?
Solo Challenge works well with people of all ages - because the whole process involves tailoring challenges to suit individuals.
Next: The Structure of Solo Challenge
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