The Dance for Inclusion
To understand how we filter information and form assumptions
To be able to reexamine one’s assumptions and avoid automatic reactions
To demonstrate how our behaviors are often influenced by cultural values or filters.
Suggested time needed: 30 Minutes
Group Size: 25 -35
Description of the Tool:
Step 1: Ask the participants to stand and find a partner. Direct partners to face each other, place their feet firmly on the floor, and then raise both hands and place them palm-to-palm at shoulder height.
Step 2: Now tell participants that to win at this activity, they must make the other person move his or her feet-within 30 seconds. Start the timing. (Note: most participants will use brute force to push each other. Some may try to negotiate or bribe the other person to move. A few may stop pushing and let the other person’s momentum propel him or her forward).
Step 3: After 30 seconds, stop the activity & ask a few participants to share some of the strategies they used to get the other person to move.
Step 4: Ask for a volunteer. Assume the face-to-face, palm-to-palm position. Whisper to the other person «Let’s dance» and move your feet together.
Step 5: The participants will probably protest that this is cheating. Remind them that the directions were simply to get the other person to move his or her feet within the 30-second time frame. These were no restrictions on moving your own feet or communicating. Ask participants who won.