Complexity: Medium
Time required: 5-10 minutes to explain and min. 1 hour, 6-20 participants
Material required: a pen and a stack of post-its per participant, timer.

References: invented by the people of Durf te vragen

What is it for?

Dare to Ask is designed to show how much is possible as long as you ask the right question(s), in the right way, to the right people. It’s based on the assumption and experience that people are willing to help one another and that we have more to offer each other than we might be aware of. Taking part in a Dare to Ask session demonstrates to participants that they are surrounded by abundant resources: more than one could have ever imagined. The only thing one has to do is to tap into the crowd in a certain way. In this workshop one participant stands up to pose a ‘how’ question to the fellow participants. Yet, before the crowd the crowd starts answering the question– the crowd will first collectively and carefully explore the why behind the how.
After this round the asker has the change to reformulate her/ his question and properly pose it to the crowd. The round of clarification is a crucial step in formulating a ‘how’ question that can illicit responses which can propel the asker into the next steps of her/ his aspirations.
Next to harvesting useful information, participants also take home a sense of belonging and the empowering experience of so many people willing to help her/ him.

How to use it?

A workshop starts with the facilitator explaining the aim and process of Dare to Ask. Part of this explanation is to stress that the how question should elicit action, concrete tips and/ or help.
Depending on the time available (which is decided before starting the workshop) either some of the participants will have their questions answered or all of them will.
Count on 15 minutes per round, one round will provide answers for the question of one participant.


In a one hour workshop you will have time for three participants to ask the crowd there questions. A variation of the workshop is to break out into smaller groups after one or two plenary rounds.