Join PignPotato Games in a week-long scavenger hunt for conflict resolution professionals to celebrate Conflict Resolution Week (CRW) in BC!
This year’s conflict resolution theme is There’s Another Story to Tell – highlighting the benefits of remaining open and curious to new perspectives as a part of resolving conflict.
Why a Scavenger Hunt?
This year’s CRW theme is all about the benefits of remaining open and curious to new perspectives. PignPotato teammates have found one of the very best ways to stay open and curious – and to practice team-building and communication skills, too! – is to compete together in events like this. Most of us have participated at least once in GISHWHES (the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World has Ever Seen) and we’ve found that participation:
- Builds community amongst conflict resolution professionals (our teams have been heavily weighted with mediators)
- Offers chances to push ourselves to try new things, share our experiences, and be creative
- Refreshes our outlook and requires us to consider different perspectives in problem solving to complete tasks
We hope that by bringing together teams with specific conflict resolution interests that we can also serve the CRW purpose of sharing information about conflict resolution processes – but in fun, new ways.
What sorts of things will I need to do?
All tasks will have some connection to Conflict Resolution and/or the theme of “There’s Another Story to Tell”. You might be asked to create a short video capturing a story; write a letter; dress up in an appropriate costume and share stories; engage in acts of kindness and understanding; use your creative talents to sing, draw, paint, sculpt, dance or otherwise depict tales of conflict resolution.
Whatever you are asked to do, you’ll be asked to send an image or video capturing the act to PignPotato. Some will be posted throughout CRW and published by Mediate BC, others will be shared afterwards. All will be part of the goal of CRW – to share information about conflict resolution processes!
How much time will this take?
Each team will decide for themselves how many of the tasks they’ll try to complete and how much time they’ll spend completing them. Recreational* teams may just choose one or two tasks to complete together and have fun. More competitive** teams may try to complete all 10 tasks during the week – or 2 tasks per team member.
Tasks will vary considerably in the time they will take, and the number of people they might require to complete. You might need to engage friends and family for a complex task, or you might simply be asked to tweet out a short note. You’ll always have control over how much time you spend on a task – but it would be wise to plan to have some time set aside during the week when you know you can focus on a couple of tasks.
How do I join?
You can join as a team of 5 by sending your names and email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org and paying a registration fee of $25 for the team.
OR join as an individual, by sending your name to email@example.com and paying a $5 registration fee. We will put individuals onto teams and connect you up before the event. Be sure to let us know if you want to be on a recreational* or competitive** team.
OR join a team led by an experienced scavenger hunter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and asking to be placed on an experienced leader’s team. These leaders are all members of Team Brown (Trench) Coats and participated competitively in GISHWHES! Their scavenger hunt “resumes” can be seen here. NOTE: These teams will compete against each other only. Prizes will be awarded in a separate category.
What’s the difference between a recreational team and a competitive team?
*Recreational teams are in it to accomplish as many tasks as fit into their work week, have fun, and create a few great images for CRW.
**Competitive teams are in it to win and will be trying to complete all tasks within the week and to do so to an excellent standard!
Both recreational and competitive teams will have fun, but as mediators we are conscious of the value of shared objectives to conflict prevention!
Is there a prize?
Yes. While we believe there’s ample reward in the fun and team-building you’ll experience, we will use the registration fees to offer prizes suitable for conflict resolution professionals. Since this is the first time we’re holding such an event, we can’t predict how much we’ll have to spend on prizes, but all money collected will go towards prizes.
Who are the Judges?
Three of our PignPotato members will act as judges – and will also set the tasks. Sharon Sutherland, Rowan Meredith and Darsey Meredith will award all points and select the final winners.
Is there a deadline for registration?
Well, yes. Before the hunt. The later you register though, the less chance that you will be placed on a full team. That said, you can register right up until the last minute – November 3 at noon.
How do I pronounce LICRSH?
Yes, it really is pronounced like licorice.