The group is on a plane that crashes and lands on an island. Now the group is facing how to survive together.
- Values of living together
- Rights and responsibilities
- Social rules
- To introduce democracy
There is always a narrator who is not part of the story (this person is in charge of providing the material, telling the story and doing the debriefing).
- Facilitators start by telling the story:
We're here, in the plane together, everyone is going to their own destination (this is the opportunity for the participants to introduce themselves, their names and their personal stories, real or imaginary).
- Facilitator indicates there is a plane crash situation. We land on the island (the creative, discriminated, reflective and authoritarian characters are already introduced as part of the characters).
- The survivors are given a map of the island, and a task: to establish their community:
- Decide where you're going to live
- What does that place require
- What resources are available
- Which are their rights and responsibilities
- Who does what (roles in society, law...)
- The rules should be agreed as the group decides and then written down. From now on, they'll have to behave according to these rules.
- They have to start acting as if they are living in the society
- They have to decide if they want to stay in the island or they want to leave
Debriefing: how did the process go, how do you feel about it, was it an act of democracy, in what way, relate the values they decided with HR.
Resources and materials:
- Costumes for the participants (if possible).
- Items to use as materials and resources (pieces of wood, carton, markers, lego pieces, empty buckets... ).
- An image of the island either projected or on a big paper.
- A room.
Notes and tips for the facilitators:
- The working team should put the participants into an imaginative mood where they can be other characters than themselves
- Number of participants must be put into consideration for timing reasons.
- There is a second version of the activity in which you can have two groups: "the ones" and "the others". The ones are who arrive, and the others are already living there.
- The same activity of organizing the society is equally done in both groups separately, however, the starting story will be different. You'll need two rooms, and a bigger one to represent the island.
- The others have to tell the narrator how they came to the island and why are they there. Then they start presenting the way they are living and their communication ways, they have to establish their own social rules (different from the real ones).
- The main characters should be divided between the two groups.
- If applied as individual workshop, this activity can be used to work on democracy, respect and living together values.