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to develop the vision of the principles of society building and train the skills of social interaction with different society groups

Description of the tool

The story (to be read/distributed to the participants):

You are among about 40 (number of the participants and trainers) people who survived a ship crash. The waves of the ocean have brought you to an uninhabited island. Nobody was ever living here or ruled over this island. You have unique opportunity to start your life by new. Four people from the ship (the trainers) were chosen to supervise the establishment of the new society on the island. The group of Four has decided to call for the elections to the Council of Great Wisdom.

In order for the elections to take place every survived is expected:
1. To unite with others in order to establish a group platform which must indicate
- the priorities of the society building
- the system of leadership and decision-making on the island
- the election campaign strategies
2. To campaign with your group in order to promote a group platform
3. To vote by secret ballots for no more than 2 group platforms
4. Come and express your opinion about the elections at a General Meeting of Survivals

Note for trainers
· Either trainers brake participants into groups or participants choose the group they want to join at the condition that no more than 7 and no less than 6 persons are working in a group
· Total number of participants: at least 24 people and no more than 60 (but may be used for bigger groups under special considerations)
· Timing (with a group of about 40 people): establishment of platforms 40 min, campaigning 50 min, voting 10 min, evaluation 40 min
· Campaigning may be organised by order, one group after another will be presenting its platform

Suggested Questions for the evaluation at the General Meeting of Survivals:
- What were the priorities of group platforms?
- Which types of leadership have been suggested?
- What were the methods of campaigning?
- What images and messages have been involved?
- What was the division or roles in your group?
- What was your motivation to vote?
- What you have learned?

Note for trainers: any relevant discussion technique can be used at this stage

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Tool overview

This tool is for

at least 24 people and no more than 60 (but may be used for bigger groups under special considerations)

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Intercultural Learning, European Citizenship

Materials needed:

space: one big room for general meeting and several small spaces for the groups to work, campaigning materials (flipchart papers, colored papers, markers, scissors, adhesive tape, etc), a box for secret voting, A5 paper for ballots.


establishment of platforms 40 min, campaigning 50 min, voting 10 min, evaluation 40 min (with a group of about 40 people)

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Kateryna Shalayeva (on 17 May 2005)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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