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The Chiji Guidebook: A Collection of Experiential Activities and Ideas for Using Chiji Cards



ISBN: 978-1-885473-84-4
SIZE: 6 x 9

“The Chiji Guidebook is the official companion to the popular facilitation tool, Chiji Cards.”

This book is an instructional guide describing some of the different ways Chiji Cards can be used to facilitate key moments during group experiences. This guidebook gives a simple, straightforward explanation of the processing theory that coincides with the original use of Chiji Cards, and it provides a rationale for when to use one processing technique over another.

The Activity Guide Section of the book presents 25 different ways to use Chiji Cards. The activities are divided into six chapters—Processing Activities, Getting-To-Know-You, Frontloading Activities, Object Lessons, Initiative Activities, and Fun With Chiji Cards. Most of the activities we have developed ourselves, but several come directly from other experiential educators who have shared their uses of the cards with us.

Chiji Cards


What are Chiji Cards? Chiji Cards are a deck of 48 cards with pictures originally designed to spark/enhance discussion during a processing session. When a facilitator asks the group a question, each person chooses a card that symbolizes his or her answer to the question. The images on the cards are used as prompts to help individuals organize their thinking. Rather than having to pull an answer to a question out of thin air, the pictures provide a starting point from which to formulate a response. Chiji Processing Cards were developed by the staff Steven Simpson, Buzz Bocher, & Dan Miller at the Institute for Experiential Education ( and are available from many experiential education equipment providers.




Table of Contents

Introduction: The Story of Chiji Processing Cards
Section 1: Theory
Chiji Cards and Participant-Directed Processing
Processing to Teach Processing
Participant-Directed Processing
Two Kinds of Sequencing
Section 2: Activity Guide
Reading the Activities
Chapter 1: Processing Activities
#1 Picture Processing The Traditional Use of Chiji Cards
#2 Chiji Dyads
#3 Chiji Intuition
#4 Now & Then
#5 When Do We Get to Ask the Questions?
#6 Affirmation
Chapter 2: Getting-To-Know-You
#7 Chiji Connection
#8 That Person Over There
#9 Personal Stories
Chapter 3: Frontloading Activities
#10 Chiji Representation
#11 What Matters
#12 Personal Strength
#13 Focusing
#14 Tool Kit
Chapter 4: Object Lessons
#15 Obverse
#16 Relationships
#17 The Catalyst
Chapter 5: Initiative Activities
#19 Chiji Lineup
#20 Biggest to Smallest
#21 Card Trains
#22 Four in a Row
Chapter 6: Fun With Chiji Cards
#23 What’s On My Card
#24 Telling Stories
#25 Group Concentration
Chiji Cards Closing Activity Variations
Chiji Card Tips & Twists
Appendix: Quick Activity Reference
References & Resources 

The Chiji Guidebook

SKU: 9781885473844
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