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Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
30-60 min
Topics addressed: 
Anti-racism
Social inclusion

There is a strong relationship between what is expected of us and how we behave. Using labels, the tool encourages a discussion about the effects of stereotyping people in order to raise awareness of the effect of our own behaviour on others.

Aim: 

This tool is for participants working on stereotypes.

Step by step process: 

Write one characteristic on each label: lazy, clever, sleepy, shy, selfish, stupid, playboy, funny, slow, cute, hyperactive, friendly, childish, dictator, aggressive, easy to manipulate, boring, sad, happy;
Decide one task for the group: create a symbol/sculpture cooperatively regarding the image of minorities in Basque country;
Place one label on each participant’s forehead but don’t let them know what’s written on it;
Explain the task to the group and they must treat each other according to the labels, without ever using the word on the label & without telling them. 

Debrifing:
Start by asking people if they could guess their label and then go on to ask about:
•How did each participant feel during this activity?
•Was it difficult to treat people according to their labels?
•Did anyone begin to “prove” their label?
•Did someone labelled “witty” begin to tell jokes and behave more confidently?
•What sorts of labels do we put on people in real life? How does it affect them and how does it affect the way we think about them?
•In real life, who are given some of the labels used in this activity? Do they reflect the reality or are they valid?

Materials and resources: 

- 6 blue sticky labels;
- 6 yellow sticky labels;
- 6 white sticky labels;
- 3 red sticky labels;
- 2 black sticky labels;
- 1 green sticky label.

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