This is the third activity on human rights. This activity can be used as an immersion on the topic after the warming-up. You can find more activities on human rights here.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
Between 9 and 20 participants.
Write “Logic”, “Moral”, “Fairness”, and “Selfishness” in large letters on a piece of paper.
The facilitator asks the participants to think about a well-known person that has a tough choice to make (e.g. famous drama figures – what would be the best course of action for Romeo?). They then should write their person and the situation down. This step should take araound 5 minutes.
LINK TO THE TOPIC
As the participants now have a basic understanding of Human Rights, this activity will illustrate the impact of them on decision making.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTIVITY
- Illustrate the complexity of decisions.
- Raise awareness for factors that can modify an individuals decisions.
- Raise awareness for factors that modify an individuals point of view.
When everyone found something to write down, one volunteer is needed. The volunteer reads aloud what he or she has written down before. After this, the rest of the group is split up in different kinds of “embodyments”:
Now every embodyment has 5 minutes to think about arguments that would move the volunteer to make a decision in favor of their group. While doing so, the embodyments might have and/or want to discuss their understanding of moral or fairness.
Those 4 groups are visually divided in the room. Each embodyment is further distinguishable by the signs the facilitator prepared beforehand. Now the volunteer stands in the middle and points the finger at one group. As long as the finger is pointed at the group, the group should tell the volunteer arguments to make a decision in favor of this group.
As soon as the volunteer lowers their arm, the group immediately fall silent (even in the middle of a sentence).
It is not necessary and may be impossible to find a solution to the problem. However, this is not the objective of the activity – illustrating decision making and reflecting afterwards is.
Question to volunteer:
- How did hearing all those different arguments make you feel?
Questions to the embodyments:
- Was it difficult to think of arguments?
- How did you feel when telling your arguments to the volunteering person?
Question to all participants;
- Did the knowledge about Human Rights influence the decision making progress?
- Did it influence your understanding of logic, moral, selfishness or fairness? If so, how?