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Max. participants
Min. duration
30 minutes
Cost per head
Online, In-Person
Team phase
Storming, Forming

About the intervention

A short activity to run early in a project focused on sharing any concerns and anxieties to create openness and "clear the air" within a group. The stinky fish is a metaphor for "that thing that you carry around but don’t like to talk about - but the longer you hide it, the stinkier it gets." Source Hyper Island Toolbox

How to set it up.

  • Download the Miro template or print out the Stinky Fish paper templates.

What to do during.

  • Explain the purpose of the exercise in your own words. 

  • Give participants around 5 minutes to capture their personal stinky fish for the context of the workshop/program. 

  • Once all participants have captured their own stinky fish, invite the group back, and have each participant share their stinky fish with the rest of the group. 

  • Ask participants to share one at a time, for 30-60 seconds each. 

  • Wrap-up by reminding them that in times of change and uncertainty worry about the future is completely normal.

How you can mix it up ...

We don't have any additional ideas. Do you? If so use the contact form to provide us with feedback!

Useful resources.

Use this ready-made stinky fish Miro template or this paper template by the Hyper Island Toolbox.

Stinky Fish
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