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Exercise, Group Building Activity

Stone metaphor

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To introduce the idea of individual differences and equality of opportunities

Description of the tool

Each person in the group takes a stone from a bag or box. You ask them to look at the stone, to discover all special details, to touch the stone and even to give it a name.

After 5 minutes of bonding with their stones, collect all stones in a basket. Then spread all stones criss cross on the carpet. Ask the participants one by one to select their own stone. If somebody cannot identify his/her stone, they can wait untill all others have picked their stone and then try again to identify their own stone.

Most important is the debriefing ( the discussion after this little exercise). Ask what are the parallels between the excercise with stones and the differences between people? Are all stones the same? Are the differences between stones important? What does this say about stereotypes between groups of people?


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Tool overview

This tool is for

15 - 35

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Disability, Anti-Racism, Group Dynamics, Intercultural Learning

Materials needed:

Different stones for everyone in the group


15 - 30 minutes

Behind the tool

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

sonia holubkova (on 29 August 2003)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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