Name of the Method
Billy and Natasha
Billy and Natasha
24 people, aged 16+
1 hour and 15 minutes
The story and the step-by-step implementation
1. Ask participants to read the story by themselves and to rank the characters (Billy, Billy’s Parents, Natasha, Natasha’s Parents, People in Greece, Landlord) according to their behaviour - who acted worst? who acted second worst?
* Give the participants the story on a print out or send them a link to it so they can easily read it individually.
* Write a list of the names of the characters, so that it's clear to participants who they're including in their ranking exercise.
* Ensure that you don't read the story to the participants as it might transfer some unconscious bias.
Time: 6 minutes
2. After participants have completed this ranking, put them in small groups of 4 - 6 and ask them to complete this ranking again but come to a group consensus. Ask them to discuss how they perceive the behaviour of the characters. The group should rank the characters from best to worst behaved - the list should be compiled together through discussion and a shared understanding of who was worst and best behaved and reasons.
Time: 15 minutes
3. Repeat Step Two by bringing two groups together to form medium sized groups.
Time: 20 minutes
4. Bring participants back together into one group
Time: 4 minutes
Start with feelings/observations, then the abstract things. Then framing the methods, for example around voting. Ask participants to think about methods they used to deal with the challenge of differing views. The topics that can be drawn out are around intercultural learning – the cultural reflection of what is happening here and linked to key terms e.g. what is culture and diversity?
* Mainly focus on the process
* Share a conceptual model e.g. iceberg model of culture/value
How did you feel individually? How did you feel when you were sharing your point of view in a group?
How was the process? Was it enjoyable/not?
Describe what happened when you were in your small groups?
On what values did you make your ranking - individually
Did this change when in a group?
How did you decide what was good and what was bad behavior. How difficult or easy was it to negotiate about values when having to establish a common list.
In groups - how did you come up with a common list? How did you convince others of your view? Did you find common values to decide good and bad behaviour of characters?
What did you learn? What things were commonly shared?
Did you learn another perspective?
Time: 30 minutes
This method was adapted during the ADAPT Training course hosted in Istanbul from 10 to 18 February 2022. We drew from our experiences working with refugee groups to focus on the context of a college setting in Germany with recent refugees from Syria and Afghanistan. The aim of the tool is to look at intercultural learning with the following objectives:
- Explore the abstract concept of values
- Learning exchange
- Sharing multiple perspectives
- Exploring the link between values and culture
- Understanding the influence culture can play on values
- Exploring topics of prejudice, discrimination and human rights
Georgia Gontika , Fatema Zehra, Edi and Nele