Central Park
"It changed the way I look at myself and the role I play on a team."
Teeter Totter Students engaged in individual and team exercises designed to develop camaraderie, bonding, and teamwork, while addressing how to solve interpersonal problems or design physical innovations.
An example of Outward Bound®'s experiential methods and its connection to the workplace goals of Cooper Union is "The Web of Life" exercise, where students stand in a circle and each person states one thing they can offer to the group and one thing they need from the group. As each person speaks, he or she passes the ball of rope to another person in the group. The end result is a structure that looks like a web.
Human Knot
Dean Baum The group is then asked to see if the web will support the weight of a member of the group. Someone volunteers and then is supported by the others. This exercise is a visual representation of the members' contract with one another, teamwork and sharing, trust and risk-taking.
It is, as well, a powerful visualization of the female style of leadership, which involves networks, interconnectedness, fluidity, parity and collaborative support, rather than hierarchy, competition, command and control.
Spider Web
Dean Baum Suddenly, in an "a-ha" moment, abstract leadership theories become real and vivid and, long after students forget scholarly references, the image remains alive and vital.
"I learned about team work. That's what industry is founded on -- group projects." Group