Option 1: Design Challenge BRAND NEW!!!
This is the one of our NEWEST and MOST CHALLENGING formats of the activity.
The Design Challenge is designed to be the ultimate challenge in terms of collaboration and customer-focus. Teams are given the challenge to design a “world class” water filtration system with a large variety of parts that are available for purchase (with imaginary money of course). They have a large range of materials to choose from and an extensive budget to spend. This activity is a challenging and fun opportunity to get creative and teams often compete aggressively in order to build what they think is the best possible system. Typically, the designs that group’s come up with a creative and fun but not particularly functional. If your venue has an outdoor area, one fun component of this activity can be testing of the team’s elaborate constructions with real water however this is not essential (if the venue doesn’t lend itself to a bit of water being splashed around).
Once the team’s designs are complete, we discuss the pros and cons of each of the designs presented. Typically, the emphasis is on positive innovations that they have brought to their design and we celebrate those successes. Then we share a video about the Water Works Program and ask people to reflect on whether their design would have been different given their understanding of the customer. We also ask whether their team process (both within and between groups) would have been different.
Often this discussion results in some salient insights about customer-centricity and the power of collaborating within the organisation. We then finish the activity on an extremely positive note but explaining how many real sponsorships your company has chosen to commit. Participants then get an opportunity to develop artworks that will identify the recipients of their water systems in Uganda.
Option 2: The Multiplier Activity BRAND NEW!!!
Double the impact of your team’s effort with the latest version of our activity – The Multiplier! Within this highly engaging activity your team gets an opportunity to build a filtration system that will be shipped overseas at the conclusion of the workshop. The exciting thing about “The Multiplier” is that with every water system you build in the workshop we will also donate a second system on your behalf. Just like our other activities, you have absolute transparency about where your water systems are donated. You even get a photo back of a family who received the specific system that was donated on your behalf. How do we know it was yours? Each team gets to individually design an artwork that we decorate your gift with.
How are we able to double the impact of your team’s efforts? The first system that you build within our program will be an emergency filtration system. Each of these systems are critical during times of floods and other natural disasters. They need to be compact and easily transported in large numbers to the locations required. Of course there are limitations associated with emergency systems so we also donate a long-term house-hold system which is also donated on your behalf. Household systems are much larger and we buy a number of components for them in Uganda… that’s why you can’t make them and ship them all the way from your workshop. Just like our other programs, you will be able to track the progress of your gift via our online tracking system 3billionstories.com.
Looking for an increased challenge? With “The Multiplier” we can increase the degree of difficulty in this activity in a number of ways. One of the most popular is to utilise blindfolds during the build. Poor water quality is the single biggest cause of avoidable blindness in the developing world so doing our activity blindfolded is more than just a token thing, it helps participants empathise with the people they are trying to help. Accepting a blind-fold is confronting but helps to create a lot of meaning whilst also increasing the degree of difficulty. Don’t worry, if your team builds blindfolded they will still get a chance to check the quality of their work once they remove the blindfold at the end of the activity.
Option 3: Traditional Build and Test Experience
Similar to the Multiplier activity but within a traditional “Build and Test” experience the kit that you build within the workshop doesn’t get shipped overseas. Of course we still donate a water system on your behalf and you get absolute transparency about the final recipient of that gift, it’s just that the kit that you assemble within the workshop is used as an example only. This is perfect for schools or other environments where it makes more financial sense to run an activity several times utilising the same materials.
Within this format of the activity, your team gets to build and test a real-life filtration system PLUS do the artwork and sponsorship part of the activity. At the end of the experience you’re going to know that there are a large number of people who will no longer be exposed to water-borne diseases as a result of your efforts. This activity helps participants understand very clearly what kind of a difference they have made overseas. Not only is this a great team-building experience but it helps participants put into perspective the day to day challenges that we often waste our emotional energy on.
Option 4: Artwork and sponsorship activity
This is the most affordable way of getting involved in our activity. It’s also ideal if your agenda is tight.
The artwork and sponsorship activity entails a keynote address along with an artwork and sponsorship activity that enables people to truly connect with the difference they are making. All artworks become stickers that identify your sponsorships over in Uganda and post-workshop you will all receive a photo of each of your recipient families proudly displaying their new water system (decorated with your artwork).