Using pairs of individual characteristics that people have in common with their colleagues, the group members create a circle by holding hands or putting their feet together etc.
- to encourage participation and physical contact within group activities
- to help people to get to know each other
- to raise awareness of various characteristics which are held in common within the group
No specific materials required
Reference / original source of the method
Luís Manuel Pinto used this method in his workshop “We don’t learn only from teachers – Peer Education for Diversity” at the aces Academy 2009 in Budapest. The activity was originally published in the Education Pack “all different - all equal” issued by the Council of Europe in 2004.
Suggestions for follow up
- Having made personal links, the group may want to move on to looking at the links between citizens, the media, NGOs and government in a civil society. The activity 'Making links' in Compass – Manual on Human Rights Education with Young People involves negotiation about rights and responsibilities in a democracy.
- Dominoes will illustrate that there's a lot more to people than first meets the eye. Nonetheless, when we do first meet people we often make judgements about them based on what we can see. Use the activity 'First impressions' to explore what we see and to find out if we all see the same thing.