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- To allowed offer a space for participant to reflect:
- On their own identity
- On their cultural identity
- On the notion of culture

Description of the tool

The onion of identity - onions are made of many different layers, people are also made of different layers of identity. Some are more important, these are the ones which are closer to the core. 20 mins of individual reflection where participants decide which things make up their own different layers. Pax then choose one person they want to share some of this information with.

- Easy/difficult?
- Which criteria play a role?

Theory on different factors of identity:
- no one can be limited only to one criteria
- all different/all equal
- the complexity of identity "to make space of the Other in our own life", "to speak of the Other is in fact to speak of ourselves"
- Intercultural Learning is to listen. Active listening is a very difficult exercise


  • Used in SALTO Tolerance & Diversity TC2 2003.The method was adapted for TC2 by forming small groups of 4 or 5 and creating one body outline with the visible aspects of identity outside of the body and the invisible ones inside. Each group presents their body and one list is created, grouping the aspects of identity under general headings, such as gender, religion, etc. The session is debriefed using the following questions:How did it feel to do this exercise? Are there some things that we don’t say? Which aspects of identity can be changed?What aspects of identity are relevant to the theme of the course?

    Sharon Holder , 1 December 2003 19:32:52

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Tool overview

This tool is for

group size 8 - 30

and addresses

Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning

Materials needed:

Paper, pencils



Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Xavier Baró Urbea (on 13 September 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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