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TOPIC

The Ideal Identity Card Exercise

-To free participants from the constraints of bureaucracy, and to allow them to treat these with humour. -To encourage participants to say what they really feel about themselves / identity issues more widely. -To encourage participants to be honest about themselves and to open up to the group. -To enable participants to self-reflect and to articulate how they unLEARNING OBJECTderstand their position in the world. IVES -To encourage organisations to re-think their approaches to date gathering. -To enable participants start to think “outside the box”, recognising the complexities of identity questions, which are too often reduced to box-ticking. -To overcome stereotypes or first impressions/judgments in a fun way. -To enable participants get to know each other in a humorous fashion. GROUP SIZE

Around 20

DURATION

90 Minutes

MATERIALS

A4 papers, pencils and colours

STEP BY STEP IMPLEMENTATION

Paper, pencils and colours are given to the participants. Then an I.D. is taken, with all the information required, that are the starting point for the participants: Name… Surname… Date of birth… Place of birth… Citizenship… Address… Civil state (normally this means married or single)... Job… Distinguishing marks… Picture… Signature… Each participant has to fill in these spaces (in words, or drawings…) answering what they feel not necessarily the “real thing”. For example: Citizenship: The Moon; or Civil State: My business. Etc. After this, the results can become the starting point for exercises of creation or image or devised theatre, individual, or in small groups, or altogether.

-This can be used across a wide range of cultural and educational setting. -Facilitators need to be wary of identities that are complex. -Refugees and others can often find it oppressive to be faced with identity questions, even when this is done in a relaxed atmosphere. SUGGESTIONS FOR They can be very suspicious of anything that resembles bureaucracy. THE FACILITATOR -Many refugees cannot write, so there may be a need for support here, or for a spoken version of the exercise to be used. -Facilitators should observe how participants grow in self-confidence and articulacy. Whether there is any organisational shift in terms of data collection or categorisation of identities.

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