100 Buses

A simple warm up drill that is great for group sessions and reveals how little we know about jobs.

Estimated Time: 10min

Use when:

Use when you need an energizing way to start a workshop and to prompt a mindset shift away from linear thinking.

Step 1.

Hand out post-its and sharpies and print a 100Buses poster (linked below) or use empty wall space.

Step 2.

Gather your participants around the poster and introduce the drill prompt:

"You are given a bus, of any kind or size, and a sizable budget, what are the many things you might do with it? You can modify the bus in any way you wish, limited only by imagination."

Step 3.

Tell participants to write their ideas on post-its, then add each post-it to the poster and announce the idea out-loud to the group.

Participants should write an idea and share it immediately rather than collecting a stack of post-its before sharing. The key to this drill is to aim for quantity not quality. The sillier the better.

There are no correct answers here. By moving quickly and listening to what others say, we shift our minds to a place of ease and begin to connect our interests, curiosities, and aspirations to a fun and imaginative 'what if?' moment.

Spend about 10 minutes generating ideas and then stop to share lessons from this drill.

Drill Lessons:

Lesson 1. The first lesson of this drill is an unexpected twist. Most of these silly ideas will have real-life counterparts.

We've now seen hundreds of ideas for what to do with a bus. With a little research, we discovered that nearly all imagined ideas for a bus actually exist on a bus.

This insight reveals our awareness gap. We know very little about the career pathways available to us.

Lesson 2. The importance of not being right. In almost everything we do, we are expected to get the right answer, follow the instructions, and not make mistakes.

But careers don't have right answers. This quick warmup uses creative silliness to prime a mindset for possibility and discovery and we encourage participants to build on each other's ideas as practice for accepting unexpected ideas and letting go of judgement.

100 Buses generates a lot of laughs as people agree, "Yes! That would be so fun!"

For people struggling to find a career direction, starting from what sounds fun is far more productive than attempting to find what is right.

Next Steps

This drill can stand on it's own as a warmup, or you can use these outputs to continue exploring unexpected career pathways.

Ask participants to pick three of their bus ideas that sound most exciting to them.

Use these three ideas to run the Instagrammed Drill.

100 Buses.pdf