Last night, my wife and I went to a PTA meeting at our local Waldorf School. Our second grade teacher surprised all the parents with a role reversal session. Parents were asked to line up to go into the class and we spent two hours going through a class routine. I loved the exeprience in many ways. It was very engaging. First, it made me feel closer to what our 7-year-old goes through. As the teacher talked us through the learning objective of each exercise, I felt that the experience will certainly raise my awareness on how I can help our daughter learn even more.
As a marketing professional, it made me think that there is so much we can learn if we get out of our ordinary role and temporarily live a completely different one.
Role reversal.... certainly a powerful concept in any innovation process.