No man is an island

Type of tool: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
Human rights
Intercultural learning

Interactive workshop dealing with the issues of prejudice and stereotypes, emphasizing on similarities between people, and promoting diversity and equality.


- Explore issues around identity and diversity;
- Examine common myths and facts about stereotyping and discrimination;
- Begin an exploration in to factors that may contribute to stereotyping and discrimination;
- Promote non-racist attitudes and a celebration of diversity and respect for all.


Methodology: Methods used in this training are: discussion, drama game, simulation, icebreakers, open discussions, evaluation, group work, peer to peer education.

Step by step process: 

- Culture Shock Name Game – Introducing Diversity
Everyone walks around the room, mingling and shaking hands with everyone they meet. The facilitator calls ‘freeze’ and introduces the next cultural greeting. Two more cultural greetings are introduced; rubbing noses and finally hugging and kissing with two great big kisses on both cheeks or large ‘air’ kisses. Encourage the participants to exaggerate all the greetings.
- Lines of prejudice
Have three corners and label each corner with a piece of paper, ‘Agree’,‘Disagree’, and ‘Don’t Know’. Facilitator will ask the participants to stand in the centre of the room and will read out the first statement, while the participants should walk to the corner that best describes their opinion on the statement. After that open discussion on the statements should be open, with an opportunity for people to change their mind and move to a different corner during the discussion.
- Getting to Know You - game of tending towards stereotypes
The facilitator guides the whole group through a physical exercise to explore a physicality for different characters; everyone is spread out in the space and works at the same time but independent of each other. First facilitator ask the group to walk around as themselves, and then ask them to walk like a different character. Using cards with info of different characters, every participant will have their own character to play, and the performance will be good ground for discussion how stereotypes shaped their character, not the real situation.
- Evaluation - Suitcase, Washing machine and garbage.
On the wall participants will have an opportunity to see three pictures, suitcase, washing machine and garbage can. Below there will be envelopes where they can have notes regarding the workshop, evaluating it. Below suitcase is to put what they would like to bring home, below washing machine on what they need to rethink, and garbage is what they are throwing away (hoping for prejudices).

Materials and resources: 

- Duck-tape
- Flips-hart and paper
- pens and A4 papers (30 both)
- Whiteboard markers - 5
- Stickers
- white cardboard cards (size of playing cards) - 20 pieces


On completion of the workshop following outcomes are foreseen:
- Better understanding of the participants of issues around diversity and identity including stereotyping, discrimination and anti-racism work
- Participants will use opportunity to express their own personal attitudes, views and experiences freely while encouraging each other to participate
- Participants understanding of ways to promote non-prejudice attitudes


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Notes for further use: 

Tool can be divided in to three separate tools, and in can be combined in different ways.

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