The Inclusion Orchestra

Type of tool: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
Group dynamics
Social inclusion

The Inclusion Orchestra is a creative tool to start a discussion on the topic of Social In/Exclusion and can be used as teambuilding. It challenges participants to be vulnerable in order to feel, understand and discuss the topic of Social In/Exclusion.


Address the topic of Social Inclusion/Exclusion using a creative method to provoke the awareness of Social Inclusion/ exclusion of participants in their realities..


This tool was created in a midterm evaluation meeting to reconnect with the topic and reconnect to the partners. The whole process is based on creativity and on a natural process of learning from and with each other (organic learning). In this project we share responsibility and we take on leadership in a natural way, whenever the need is there and one feels ready to take it on. This session was based on that working atmosphere. The organic process is present in the music-making part, but the whole session is also challenging people to first start by trying out themselves, to explore and to experiment. When someone is stuck, one could look for support within the group, and if available, the next step would be to ask a 'professional, or a more experience external person.

Step by step process: 

1) Introduction on the topic of Social In/ Exclusion and vulnerability. In this part the framework is explained (depending on the target group it can be about Social In/Exclusion in general or in specific situation/neighbourhood). Intro on vulnerability and link to youngsters we work with (in case of professionals) or just link it to every day situations (in case of youngsters)
2) Participants are explained to challenge themselves and select an instrument that they have never played before and if so, would (always) have liked to play it.
3) Participants start to explore their new instruments individually, without any help of others. Participants try to play together with others and create an orchestra
4) Participants can ask for support from others within the group who know how to play the instrument. Participants can also exchange if the instrument they have is too challenging or not challenging enough. Participants keep in refining the sound and melody of playing together.
5) Participants can ask for support from externals, who know well to play the instrument (in this workshop this will not be the case)
6) Guided debriefing- Participants are asked to share how they experienced the challenge , how they felt at moments, how vulnerability was perceived and what created their feeling of succes.
7) Link to reality- how is this process link to Social in/Exclusion.
8) How can this tool be used in their realities.
9) Evaluation of the workshop and the tool. How can it be adapted to various realities, target groups etc.

Materials and resources: 

For this tool we need about 20 different instruments (1,5 times more instruments than participants, so everybody has a choice), like trumpet, guitar/ ukulele, pan fluit, small piano/synthesizer or mouth piano, violin or other string instrument, drums/conga, mouth harmonica, etc. Instruments should be not too easy to play, as people have to be challenged in playing one of these instruments.
We need a space where we can make loud noise, preferably indoors (in summer it could also be outdoors, but in this case I would do it indoors).


- Creating together an organic group dynamic by playing together and the feeling of succeeding
- Being creative helps to play around and dare to make mistakes.
- Experiencing how being vulnerable is together makes it more easy to take on challenges, especially being vulnerable together.
- Deepen the topic of Social In/Exclusion, create awareness about the topic and what it does to people.
- Share educational realities between participants about how they work with Social In/Exclusion.
- Share how this tool could be adapted for various target groups.


this tool has been run only once. The evaluation outcomes:
- this was a good tool to link to the topic of Social In/Exclusion
- people felt challenged and felt comfortable to make mistakes together.
- the intro about vulnerability helped them to identify with the target group they work with
- As it was an organic process it was not always clear how it would work out. Facilitator has to be prepared for that.
- it was a surprise that the group managed to get to a kind of melody, even if they all had a picked a very challenging instrument.

Notes for further use: 

* This would be an implementation workshop
* I have practised it only once. i would like to get feedback on the tool, but also try it out in another context, including people who are not so much into creativity and the topic of Social Inclusion, so I could know more about how to adapt the original idea to various target groups.
* I would like to discuss with colleagues about possible variations on the tool.
* The tool can be 60 minutes, it would be enough,. If there are slots of 90 minutes left, it would have more space for deepening the topic of inclusion and give more space for 'organic' learning, without any time pressure.

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