Power: it's everywhere. Power is an important cultural dimension, defining how we relate to and interact with each other. What are your organization's power structures? How does it feel to be at the top or at the bottom?
We'll explore power relationships using games drawn from Augusto Boal's _Theater of the Oppressed_ and _Games for Actors and Non-Actors_. A series of warm-up activities de-mechanizes participants and opens them up to explore freely. We proceed to a game called Colombian Hypnosis (details below); Colombian Hypnosis lets us explore using power over each other to force someone to act in a manner he didn't anticipate. We culminate with a multitiered variation of Colombian Hypnosis that simulates the power hierarchy of a typical workplace: a CEO at the top hypnotizing (exerting power over) two EVPs, exerting power over four VPs, exerting power over eight directors, exerting power over 16 managers, exerting power over 32 workers, etc., until everyone in the room is engaged in the power structure.
After each activity, we discuss how it felt to exert power, how it felt to be powerless, how the activity is similar to your work situation, etc.
**This is a 60 minute session.