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One Ring to Unite All Others

In Active Learning, Alignment, Communication, Confidence Course Facilitator, How To on August 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth fantasy novels we learn of the one ring that rules them all.

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

While leading groups of students at The EDGE, I sometimes quote this verse and then use rings of ribbon to introduce the concept of CONSENSUS.  Here are a couple of photos from a recent challenge course program.  Students must examine the ribbons — without touching or disturbing them — and determine which color unites them all.  That is, only one ribbon runs through all the others.

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Emerging student leaders from Lee High School’s International Baccalaureate Program are challenged to come up with their definition of consensus. This early agreement is then applied throughout the remainder of the day.

Can you guess which ring of ribbon unites them all?

Can you guess which ring of ribbon unites them all? Do post a comment if you think you know the right answer.

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