The Human Bingo
The Human Bingo is useful to help a fairly large group of people who do not know each other to quickly gather information using the well-known Bingo format.
Getting people to present each other in a large group can be a long and often boring process. The Human Bingo is a group game that rises the energy, puts people in contact with each other to find out about their characteristics, and makes them laugh while they compete to fill up their card.
The Bingo cards must be prepared beforehand, in the same number as the participants. Each card will have at least 9 to 16 squares and each square will describe a specific feature, depending on the nature of the group. For example: “Is a trained facilitator”, “Has a Permaculture Diploma”, “Is the founder of her/his group”, “Is a professional accountant” etc. Funny questions can also be asked like “Does not use deodorant”, “Likes to sleep late in the morning” etc, depending on the type of group. Each person is given a card and a pen by the conductor. At the “GO” signal, everyone goes around asking questions and trying to fill up the card with the different names (each square must have a different name). When the first person has completed the card, she or he calls out BINGO! and the game stops. The conductor will check that all the answers are correct, and ask for confirmation from the different persons listed. Afterwards, the cards can be placed on a wall for everyone to go around and read them. A small prize can be given to the Bingo person but it’s not necessary.
About 20’ – 25’ from beginning to end
A fairly large space where people can move around freely; one Bingo card and a pen for each participant. The number of question should be about 30% lower than the number of participants.
Origin of the tool:
Bingo is widespread game, but I am not sure about its historical origin.
Written by Lucilla Borio, proposed in CLIPS trainings by Riccardo Clemente.