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Conflict Awareness and Resolution

1. The House of my Dreams

group size: at least 5
time: ca. 60 minutes
material: a big paper (e.g. wrapping paper, Flip chart paper), pens (at least 1 for each participant), scissors (one per group), glue stick (one per group)
needed space: If possible one room per group
objective: Cooperation, Communication, make a decision together
short instruction: The group creates a house together and everyone should be happy with it.

Description: The first task for each single participant is to paint their personal house of their dreams (including rooms, garage, playing grounds, etc.) on a paper. Everyone can do their own design; there should be no limits to the imagination of the participants. After about 15 minutes each participant presents their house to the whole group.
Afterwards the big group will be divided into small groups (about three to five participants per group). The new task is to create one house out of their personal houses within about 15 minutes. It is important that the participants work only with scissors and glue – not
with pens. They have to cut parts of the personal houses and put them together on one big paper (into one big house). Of each personal house the same amount of parts should be in the big house. Everyone has to be happy with the decisions.
Afterwards the next task can be to create one big house for the whole group. Parts from the houses of the small groups have to be cut and put together to a big house. And again all participants have to be happy with the result. Evaluation: First the participants are asked to say if they would move into the house or not. The leader should inquire the reasons for their decisions. Afterwards the group work will be evaluated, first the work in the small groups and then also the work in the big group. What worked well in this exercise? Did everyone work? Who did a lot of work and who maybe only a little bit? What worked well in the group and what does the group sti ll have to learn? Was it easier to work in the big group or in the small group?

2. TV Debate

group size: 10 – 20
time: 1 hour
material: 3 chairs
needed space: any
objective: to avoid real conflict, to find solutions together, leading different opinions to one representative opinion
short instruction: Two small groups agree on one opinion to a topic and two chosen representatives debate about it, trying to find a compromise.

Description: The group is divided into two small groups. Each group discusses a topic and decides which opinions they want to represent, therefore they should make some notes, e.g. on the advantages and disadvantages of the topic. Everyone should be happy with the opinion.
They discuss for about 15 – 25 minutes. Then each group chooses a representative to debate with the representative of the other team. Their task is to find a compromise. A moderator is necessary for the debate, this should be the adult leader or in a group with older
youngsters it can be a participant. The other participants are spectators and don’t speak during the debate. Evaluation: After the debate there should be a reflection with all participants. First they should think and talk about the discussion in the small groups. How was it to
discuss the topic and to agree on an opinion to be represented during the debate? Did everyone join in the discussion actively? Was the group able to listen to the opinions of each participant and consider it in the discussion? Then they should talk about the debate with
the representatives. The representatives should say how they felt in the position. Was it easy to speak for their team? What was difficult? The spectators should say what they noticed while watching the debate. Did they feel that they had been well represented by their representative? What could they do better in the discussion in the small groups, so the representative can represent the opinion of the group better?

3. Game Without Rules

group size: According to the chosen sport
time: ca. 30 minutes
material: According to the chosen sport
needed space: According to the chosen sport
objective: To instill the idea of the necessity for rules and laws within a group.
short instruction: The group plays some collective sport (football, rugby, basketball) without rules. They have to create their own rules.

Description: Get the group to play a collective sport (football, rugby, basketball) with this difference: there are no rules; everybody plays as they like. The group has to create rules they all agree with and which are helpful for the game to work.