Going for a walk can be ideal for naturally encouraging people to have 1-1s with each other. When people are walking, they usually talk in two-person conversations. But when standing or sitting around the conversations are usually larger. We think this is a strong advantage of walking together, since 1-1s often lead to people becoming closer and having more fruitful conversations.
The simplest version of a social like this is just to meet on campus and just walk from there. However, it can be more exciting to take public transport to somewhere else and use that as the starting point for your walk.
How to run this social:
- Getting people to come
- Periodically send a reminder to all your group members about how these walks are happening and how they can join the group chat for the walks
- Get your group organizers to invite those they know personally to come on the walks. They should do this in their 1-1s
- Before the walk
- Remind people in the group chat that it's happening
- Remind people individually who have recently been invited
- During the walk
- Keep an eye out for new people and make effort to talk to them
- Get the other regular walkers to talk to them as well instead of only talking to each other
- Take at least one photo
- After the walk
- Send a photo of the walk to the group chat, thanking those who came