1) For three minutes, everyone writes down, on two different stickies/pieces of paper,
What a project/direction/idea they think the group should work on, and
Why it's important to them personally.
2) Going around a circle, everyone shares one idea at a time.
3) For five minutes, everyone writes down some more ideas.
4) Going around a circle, everyone shares all the ideas.
Whys are clustered together and labeled/grouped.
The group now has a general sense of what kind of ideas/importance they have.
More often than not, in the 5+ times I've used this method, this has been incredibly helpful for gathering a group together towards a shared ideal. It feels very playful to shared 'what' ideas, but very focusing/collectivizing to synchronize on 'why' ideas.
Learning from/to others
Project crits for small groups (like 5~6):
Each person talks about their project and the project to the right. They say:
what they liked about their own project
how they would change the other project based on theirs
as well as
what they liked about the other project
how they would change their own project based on it.