Group of hands holding onto a cross cross of ropes as part of group initiative Knot My Problem

Knot My Problem

Fun variation of classic problem-solving exercise.

  • Interactive
  • Promotes communication
  • Fosters collaboration
  • Focus on roles

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Comments (6)

  1. malkarena07

    I tried this activity and sometimes the knot doesn’t become untangled. Does this always work? Or am I doing something wrong?

    • Mark

      That’s right Malka, on occasions, the tangle of the rope will not allow your group to fully untangle itself. You may get two circles, two intersecting circles, one or more knots in a circle, etc. As described in the Variations tab, I recommend you apply ‘Knot First Aid’ to this issue if and when it occurs.

    • jeWElle de Mesa

      Thaaaaanks for the comments. I wonder – how might the reflection questions evolve, based on the range of possible results? I am thinking of ‘classic’ questions like:

      1. How did the result happen? what were some of the influencing factors?
      2. How do we feel about the result?
      3. How might the result link to what we are trying to achieve?

      • jeWElle de Mesa

        Annnnnd if we are on a roll with the ‘this is knot just a theme’ 🙂 using the ‘pass the knot’ as a debrief/reflection tool might be cute. (“,)

        • Mark

          Good stuff JeWElle, and as you already noted, Pass The Knot is a great variation to use this activity to make it a fun reflection technique.

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