There's nothing like a good ice-breaker to start off a meeting.
One of my favorites is to ask people to introduce themselves and say what was the first live concert they ever attended. (Thanks, Phyllis Goetz of Herman Miller Healthcare for that one!)
Trivia questions can also be fun -- especially in a larger group. Here's a few that Sarah Bader of Gensler and I came up for our interactive discussion a few weeks ago at the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference:
What city was home to the first hospital in the United States?
- Boston, Mass.
- Philadelphia, Pa.
- Williamsburg, Va.
Who coined the phrase "evidence-based design?"
- Craig Zimring
- Kirk Hamilton
- Roger Ulrich
What hospital built the first Planetree Model Concept in 1985?
- California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, Ca.
- Paoli Hospital, Paoli, Pa.
- St. Charles Hospital, Bend, Ore.
Who gave the keynote address at the First Annual Symposium on Healthcare Interior Design in La Costa, Calif. in 1988?
- Patch Adams
- Ralph Nader
- George Leonard
What was the act that was passed in 1946 by the U.S. Congress that gave hospitals, nursing homes, and other health facilities grants and loans for construction and modernization?
- Health Care Facility Act
- Skaggs-Sprague Act
- Hill-Burton Act
Who said, "Talking to your phone. That's the future of medicine."
- Eric Topol, M.D.
- Thomas Frist, M.D.
- Atul Gwande, M.D.
How many studies linking the built environment to health outcomes were found in the first literature review done by The Center for Health Design in 1996?
How well did you do? Go here for the answers.
Have a trivia question to add to this list? Post it below in the comment box or email it to me.
Oh, and my first concert was The Beach Boys in 1976 at an outdoor venue in Peoria, Ill.
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