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Simulation Exercise, Exercise, Presentation

A little cooperation exercise

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Show in an active way how we acquire culture (habbits, opinions, etc) and what happens in contact with other cultures.

Description of the tool

The powerpoint presentation explains step by step what to do:
- ask one person of the couples to close the eyes while you show the other person the first picture
- next ask the person that saw the first picture to close the eyes and show the second pictures to the people that did not see the first picture.
- then ask the couples to draw the third picture, WITHOUTH SPEAKING, holding on to one single pen (cooperation)
- when ready, participants can show their drawings and the debriefing can start after the laughter about each other's artistic skills

Debriefing Questions

- Was it easy to draw the picture together?
- What did each of the person of the couple try to draw?
- Would it have been easier if you could have spoken?
- What does this exercise symbolise?
... add your own questions ...


- Everybody learns to do and see things throughout their lives (socialisation)
- Other people and cultures do and see things in a different way (diversity)
- When two different cultures meet con-fusion can happen (culture shock)
- But communication about differences can help to understand eachother’s ways (intercultural dialogue)


  • I have adapted this for use when training workers with young injecting drug users, in communication skills to facilitate their ability to conduct brief education interventions around injecting drug use and health. It is an excellent tool and many workers have commented favourably on it! Thank you for the inspiration.

    Unknown , 12 September 2005 16:41:13
  • perfect ppp!

    Unknown , 12 September 2005 16:41:13

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Tool overview

This tool is for

Any group divided into couples (pairs)

and addresses

Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning, Personal Development, Conflict Management, European Citizenship

Materials needed:

Powerpoint slideshow attached or the pictures printed out on overhead transparency film - one pen and one piece of paper per couple


10 minutes exercise, 15-30 minutes debriefing

Behind the tool

The tool was created by


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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Tony Geudens (on 30 September 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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