GMB has been generous enough to support an organization called VOX United over the last year. They are a non-profit Christian organization that works to bring accessible clean water sources to remote areas of Southern Africa by repairing existing and installing new water wells. They also work to train the residents of those areas how to repair the wells so that they can maintain them even after VOX leaves. VOX's goal is to never touch the wells they install more than once. We received a little demonstration on how the wells work and what goes into the installation.
We had a few team-building exercises throughout the day. This was exercise #1. Relating to the presentation we had just seen from VOX, we had to filter some dirty water and try to remove as much of the contaminants from it as possible, using only the supplies given to each of the eight teams. Supplies included larger stones, smaller stones, two types of sand, three pop bottles, string, cotton balls, a bag of carbon, coffee filters, a razor blade, plastic bags, electrical tape, a straw and a plastic cup.
The final filtered products - some looked a little more filtered than others!
The judging included a taste test? Yikes, glad I wasn't the judge!
Team-building challenge #3: One communicator of each group had a picture in front of them. They had to describe only verbally how the designers needed to recreate it on the paper in front of them, only the communicator was not allowed to see what the designers were drawing.
It turned out that each of the images the nine teams drew made up a larger picture....the London Olympics 2012 logo!
A few lessons learned...
1. Communicating is key to success
2. A team with a clear vision on how to accomplish their goals is a stronger team
3. We have to know WHY we are doing what we do
4. Most importantly, GO TEAM GMB + VISBEEN ARCHITECTS!!