Let the players experience what it is like to be an outsider.

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Ask one of the players to leave the room. The rest of the group divides into smaller groups according to an agreed criterion; for example: hairstyle, eye colour, type of clothing, height or accent.


The outsider re-enters and guesses which group he belongs to. He should explain why he belongs to this group without asking any questions. If his explanation is incorrect, he may not join the group, even if he has chosen the correct one.


Continue the game with a new volunteer and let as many participants as possible go outside, depending on the time.


Gather everyone in a circle and facilitate a group discussion:

  • How do we behave when we belong to a group?
  • Is it easy to reject outsiders?
  • How did the outsiders feel? How is that?
  • Do we sympathise with the outsider or enjoy our individuality?
  • ...

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Tips for the facilitator

If the group is too large for a good reflection, split up the group in subgroups. Afterwards, you can still choose to do a small reflection exercise within the whole group.

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