Wimbledon as a metaphor for English Culture: A creative look


Wimbledon fortnight.  Any visitor to England would suspect tennis to be the national sport, perhaps equalled only by football. It may be more usefully seen as a metaphor for English popular culture

If the idea intrigues you, try this experiment before moving on. Take a blank sheet of paper. On the left, write down aspects of Wimbledon fortnight you think relate to its culture. Keep going until you have a full page. By the way, it works just as well, maybe better, if carried out by a team or social group.

You can see my efforts if you continue reading this post. I have ‘unfolded’ the experiment with several page breaks so that you can try things out for yourself before reading what I found.

Now switch to the right side of the page. An immediate impression should arrive which connects up each idea on Wimbledon to one about England’s culture, as you see it. Open you mind to any links with English culture for you. Don’t  worry whether other people might disagree.

Time required

I have found from many workshop experiences that you need a warm up (like in tennis) to get in the flow.  Expect to finish each side of the page in 5-10 minutes. So write down the first idea or ideas quickly, and move to the next idea.

Then stop.  Take a break. Revisit what you have done, and select the ideas you believe to be the most interesting for you to think about and discuss with others.

My own version of Wimbledon culture shows the ideas on the left side of the two-column listings.


To go more deeply

There are well-established principles within the systems for stimulating creativity. These have been built into the two-column technique suggested here.  Anyone inexperienced with the subject will find information in several earlier LWD posts.

I have not touched on the huge body of theory about culture and its consequences, although it is a fascinating subject.

I also filled in the second column. Again my efforts can be found below.

My efforts at the England culture (2nd Column)


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