What problem does this solve?
At workshops and conferences, many participants are not admired adequately for the work they did, or the skills they learnt. Lack of encouragement and motivation may lead the participants to trivialize their achievements, causing decreased enthusiasm to learn or work further.
What is the solution?
Create a 'wall of compliments' where the participants can write compliments in general, or compliments to encourage specific people or ideas. The participants are given post-it notes, on which they can write any compliment of their choice and stick it onto the 'wall of compliments'.
- Make enough pens (sharpies) and post-it-notes available for participants to write on the wall of compliments.
- It is ideal to have the wall at the main conference areas where it easily catches the attention of the participants.
- Have a meetup policy that prevents participants from writing de-motivational or indecent comments on the wall of compliments.
- Encourage participants to take any compliment they find interesting and keep it as a souvenir.
- Post-it notes in multiple colours will make the wall look beautiful :-)
When to use
- During conferences, as a fun activity.
- During meetups and workshops to encourage the participants and to admire their work.
- The wall of compliments at Ada Camp, Portland. From Twitter
- The wall of compliments at Ada Camp, DC. From Ada Initiative website
- Saw this first in Wikimedia Conference 2015 and it felt great! Ravi (talk) 08:51, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
- Cool idea. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 19:47, 1 October 2015 (UTC)
- Will definitely make use of it! →Spiritia 18:50, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
- Kial ne en multaj lingvoj ? Good idea to spread in multiple languages. Alifono (talk) 21:48, 20 July 2018 (UTC)