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The traffic light

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This is a simple tool to use during reflections, using the colours of the traffic light everybody from the group can express her/his opinion.

Aims of the tool

To give everybody the chance to express her/his opinion, without having to speak in public.
Also to have a visual understanding of how is the opinion in the group as a whole.

Description of the tool

Every participant receives three sheets of paper, one red, one yellow, one green. First you can play asking what comes into their mind looking at those colours, once they guess you can start the evaluation. For each topic everybody has to raise one sheet of paper: red if they didn't appriciate it, yellow if it was ok but it can be improved, green if everything was ok.
After everybody has raised the paper you can ask who wants to share or pick up somebody and ask why he/she choose that colour.


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Tool overview

The traffic light

This tool is for

Group of youngsters or adults.

and addresses


It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
Training and Networking

Materials needed:

Coloured sheets of paper


Depends on the amount of questions, usually half an hour.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Luca Paolisso

in the context of

Created during the Youth exchange "Advertising the change: From Social to Global"

The tool has been experimented in

Youth exchanges and trainings

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Luca Paolisso (on 11 March 2018)

and last modified

20 December 2017

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