Portable place markers for constellations on the go
Effective in family or organizational settings
Write-erase names directly on chips
Set of 20 place markers in 5 colors: US$34.95 (new price as of Jan 1, 2013)
(plus shipping & handling)
Bag & pen included. Bulk discounts available.
To use your RelationChips:
1) Work on a flat surface like a table or desk. Select persons or elements to represent in the system of relationships you wish to understand. Start with 5-8 chips. More can be added as needed. Select a chip for each person or element and write the name of the person or element in the center of the "head."
2) Use the pen provided to write the names of the key elements for the constellation on the head of the chips. Be sure to use the wet-erase transparency marker provided. (Marks made by other pens may not come off.)
3) Once all persons or elements are represented, take a moment to get centered and let yourself feel the issue. When you are ready, find a place for each RelationChip™ in the area you are working. Position the RelationChips™ relative to each other according to your felt sense of where those key elements stand in relation to each other. Use the "nose" on the RelationChips™ to show which direction each element is facing.
4) Once you have set up the RelationChips™ - have a look at the pattern that results. Who is close, who is distant? Who is in, who is out? Who is missing? Which way are the various members of your constellation looking? Remember that "space is intelligent" and sense what each member of your constellation can or cannot do relative to the others. Notice the "negative spaces" – the spaces between the RelationChips™ – as well as the elements represented by the RelationChips™. Reflect on you issue, discuss the constellation with your facilitator, move or add RelationChips™ as you need to explore your issue.
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Why the special pen? We discovered that the Stanford® Vis-a-Vis Wet-Erase Markers work best with the material the RelationChips™ are made from. Regular dry-erase markers come off on your fingers when you use the RelationChips™, and are very difficult to remove from the chip surface. We had to use acetone to get the dry-erase marks off. Definitely not handy! Permanent markers also require solvents, as do ink pens and some pencils.
In order to get the best life from your pens, please use the pen we provide. Replacements are available at most large office supply stores. Other brands of wet-erase markers also work, though we probably haven't tested them all. During various pen evaluations, we learned that BLACK wet-erase markers are best. Red colors like red, orange and purple tend to stain the Chips over time. With proper care, your chips should last a long time!
Stanford® Expo Vis-a-Vis Wet Erase Markers work the best. They are available through Amazon.com and many office supply stores. A good alternative is the Staedtler® Lumocolor fine tip overhead projection marker. These pens are available in Europe (and also on Amazon.com). One pen that absolutely does NOT work is the Pentel Arts Wet Erase Erasable Chalk Marker. It stained the chips and as far as we could tell is not erasable in any circumstances! Stick with the Stanford® Expo Vis-a-Vis Wet Erase Markers or the Staedtler® Lumocolor fine tip overhead projection, non-permanent markers and your chips should provide you with years of use.