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Country Rules

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This is a role-play exercise that helps to set the rules of a youth exchange in a fun way, while triggering creativity and driving group dynamics and interaction during the first day.

Aims of the tool

To set the rules of a youth exchange
To get to know each other
To trigger creative thinking
To introduce role-play as a tool to the participants

Description of the tool

To introduce role-play as a tool to the participants

The participants are divided into groups of 5-7 people and are given cards with roles and instruction.
1)Criminal
-You have to try and create the easiest rules. Your motto: “more party, less work”. Let the craziest ideas flow.
2)Priest
- You are the conscious of the group, create opposite from the criminals ideas for the healthiest and nicest rules. Your motto: “have a good time, but mind others and things around”. Give the most discipline oriented and ethical ideas flow.
3)Mayor
-You are the keeper of democracy, listen to the people. Your motto: “People know best”. Lead the voting process and write down the rules.
4)Usual citizen
-You listen to the criminal and the priest. Change their rule to a more balanced rule and vote whether it is necessary or not. Your motto: “We need a balanced life of work and fun”
5)Usual citizen
-You listen to the criminal and the priest. Change their rule to a more balanced rule and vote whether it is necessary or not. Your motto: “We need a balanced life of work and fun”
6)Usual citizen
-You listen to the criminal and the priest. Change their rule to a more balanced rule and vote whether it is necessary or not. Your motto: “We need a balanced life of work and fun”
7)Usual citizen
-You listen to the criminal and the priest. Change their rule to a more balanced rule and vote whether it is necessary or not. Your motto: “We need a balanced life of work and fun”

Once the roles are distributed in the groups, the facilitator announces the story. “your group is living together in a tiny city, which resembles a group from this Youth Exchange. The city has diverse public living together. The city consists of usual citizens, a priest, who is working for your good, a criminal who is working for your fun and a wise mayor who listens to his citizens. Your task is to come up with city rules, while playing the assigned roles. You have 20 minutes to create 10 rules for your life during this Youth Exchange”

During the 20 minutes participants discuss the rules. The process looks like this:

The criminal suggests a lazy, laid back and fun rule (For example: We can party with no time limits).
The priest suggests that this rule is barbaric and changes it (For example: We need to think straight in the morning, let’s make bedtime 22.00).
The mayor gives the word to the citizens
The citizens create a balanced rule (For example: No music after 23.00, if you stay later, then only in the area away from the rooms)
The mayor asks them to vote for or against this rule. If this rule is accepted, the mayor writes it down.

After the 20 minutes of discussion are over, each group has a set of 10 rules. The facilitator introduces himself as the president and suggests that it is needed to put the country’s law together & unite the cities. He starts asking the cities to announce their rules and writes them down with discussion if necessary.

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Tool overview

http://toolbox.salto-youth.net/1424

This tool is for

Youth exchange

and addresses

Group Dynamics, YOUTH in ACTION (YiA) programme, Conflict Management, European Citizenship, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Action 1.3 (Youth democracy projects)
Action 1.1 (Youth Exchanges)

Materials needed:

cards with roles and instructions.

Duration:

20 minutes for discussion in groups "cities"
20 minutes for setting common rules "country"

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Pavel Vassiljev

in the context of

During a Youth Exchange

The tool has been experimented in

youth exchange

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Pavel Vassiljev (on 14 November 2013)

and last modified

5 April 2013

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