Adaptation perspective

With the help of adaptation perspective, participants should be able to put themselves in specific situations. This should promote thinking from the respective perspective so that the problem can be better understood and perceived through their eyes. This method can be strongly adapted to individual needs and restructured to suit the participants' own problems. However, perspective taking is not suitable for all problems and workshop topics.



  • Duration
    Short (up to 30 minutes)
  • Complexity
  • Group size
    1 to 30 persons

This activity is not suitable online.

Description Long

Imagine you have to be able to solve problems for physically impaired people. In order to understand and perceive the problem from their perspective, the adaptation perspective method can be used. In this, the participants are given this impairment in the case of the impaired person themselves, for example blindness, deafness or perhaps even paraplegia. But it can also be applied in other situations. For example, participants can be put in the role of a leader. 


Essential to this method, however, is that a task has to be done. This can also vary from situation to situation. For example, a "blind" or "deaf-mute" person has to order a coffee or build a tower of objects in a team. Or in the example with the leader, one person has to lead a group and guide it to a certain end result.


The aim here is to be able to put oneself in the position of the person concerned so that the problem can also be understood from their point of view.



Depends on the context of the workshop problem.


For individuals:


- Describe the role and then have them do the task. 


For groups:


- Distribute the roles 


- Then describe the roles in detail, what is meant and expected.


- Have the group do the task.


Hints from experience

Distribute the roles first and only then introduce the task to be completed. This leads to a higher degree of difficulty and a greater surprise effect.

Tools list

  • Arts and craft material


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