Theme G, I, M, A
One characteristic that we, as human beings,
all share is the ability to dream and imagine a better future.
This activity strengthens feeling of equality within the
group through the sharing of dreams and visions.
• Equality beyond cultural or ethnic
• Solidarity and empathy between
members of the group
• To stress equality within the group
• To generate solidarity and empathy
and to create a positive atmosphere in the group
• To encourage co-operation
• To get to know each other
Time: One hour
Any size between 6 and 40
• Flip chart and markers - one
set per working group
1. How you organise this activity will depend
on the size of your group. If it is a medium-size group
(10 people) do it as a whole group brainstorm. If the group
is large, divide people up into small groups of 5-6.
2. Tell them to spend the first five minutes
reflecting on their own, how they would like things to be
the future - in terms of family, job, hobbies, housing,
personal development, civil rights, etc.
3. Then ask people to share their dreams
and aspirations saying what they are and giving reasons.
They should write down, or preferably draw, any common features
on a flip chart e.g. having a job, travelling, having children,
their own house, etc.
4. Ask each group to present their drawings
or conclusions to the plenary.
5. Continue by asking people individually
or in the groups to identify 3 concrete things that prevent
them from pursuing their aspirations and 3 concrete things
that, they as a group (or an organisation) can do together
to get a bit nearer to seeing their dreams come true.
Debriefing and evaluation
Start by asking people to share the feelings
they experienced while doing this activity and then to say
what they enjoyed about the exercise.
Follow with other questions:
• Was there anything that surprised
• Do you think that everybody
should have the right to pursue his/her own aspirations?
• Do you feel that some people
may have more chances than others? Who and why and is it
• How can you support each other
in practical ways to overcome the barriers and make your
dreams come true?
Tips for the facilitator
This activity can be a good stimulus to
the group and to individuals providing they manage to be
specific about their dreams and to identify practical things
which they can do together. It is important to stress this
collective approach in order to overcome individual shortcomings
e.g. "I do not know how to do this or that"....
'I don't have the tools..'
The activity works better if the visions
are put together in a creative way. If the group has difficulties
in drawing, you can make use of collage techniques with
old colour magazines, scissors and glue. Alternatively,
you can invite people to present their vision as a short
drama (sketch). Any method which facilitates creative and
spontaneous expression is preferable to using only written
or verbal communication.
It is easier to make the links with racism,
xenophobia and anti-semitism if the group is multi-cultural.
Otherwise, the question "Do you think everybody has
the right to pursue their dreams" should help lead
the discussion and reflection in this direction.
Suggestions for follow up
Try the activity 'Balloons'
to provide a good immediate follow up to generate positive
feelings in the group.
Work on the concrete ideas for practical
action that people thought of during the activity or plan
another session to think again of what practical steps they
The group may like to continue by looking
at the some human rights activists whose dreams have shaped
their societies and inspired the world. Do the activity,
rights' in Compass.
It is not enough only to dream. The future
will come by itself, progress requires effort! In Compass
you will find an activity, 'To
vote or not to vote', which involves surveying people
in the community to ascertain their views on voting in elections
and civic responsibility.