Conversation Starters for teams
A team game by Cosmic Centaurs
Cosmic Conversations is a game designed to build happier teams.
Each of the 52 prompts will help you discover more about your colleagues, spark compelling conversations, and bring you closer together.
Pick up a Cosmic Conversation to kick off your next all-hands meeting, during an upcoming team ritual or while having a casual (virtual) coffee!
Read more on the subject of Emotional acknowledgement in teams on our blog Cosmic Insights
What is included?
4 ways to play
A principles card
How to play?
You can play this in person or virtually and we’ve listed below some of the rituals or moments where we think that the cards can add value and meaning to your team get together. Before you start it's good to read the principles card out loud and commit to observing them
When onboarding a new team member
Onboarding a new-comer into the team culture is not always the easiest thing... but it is the perfect opportunity to use the "Work Life" series (that’s the yellow cards with a hand on the back). Pull out a card, and start with the ice-breaker. Get everyone on the team to answer the question in turn (you can go in any order you like.
For example from the oldest to the youngest). If you feel like everyone is comfortable sharing then you can go for the “dig deeper” question on the same card. Alternatively, skip to the next card.
Not sure how to start a retrospective? Start by creating a safe space, by explaining how retrospectives work. This is a moment to look at the team’s past performance and reflect together on what you’ve been doing well and what can be improved. Explain that feedback is how you grow
as a team and having honest and positive conversations is an essential part of that. Then pick a card from the “How's Work?” series (that’s the pink one with a human on its back), and start with an ice-breaker. After everyone on the team has answered, you can then ask the “Dig Deeper” question. If you would like to run retrospectives with your team but you’re not sure how to do it, we’ve put together a worksheet for you.
Once a week during your daily standup
There is a reason we created exactly 52 cards in this deck. One per week for the year. Pick an Ice-Breaker prompt card from any theme, and get everyone to answer it at the start of your standup.
For Team Time
We always recommend that teams plan some “social time” together, where they don’t talk about work. An hour every few weeks will do if you’re short on time. Team time is a perfect moment to play and share. We sometimes use this time
to play pictionary online, or have one of us introduce us to a topic they are passionate about. We also use it to have Cosmic Conversations. Pick a card from the “Story Time” series (that’s the red one with a book on its back) or the “What if…” series (that’s the blue one with a whale on the back). Start by asking the ice-breaker question and let everyone on the team answer, then go into a deeper conversation with the “Dig Deeper” prompt.