TOOL 1.12 – ESTABILISHING RULES

AIMS OF THE ACTIVITY
To define and establish (by the group) the behaviour standards and the working order to promote reaching individual goals and respecting the group partners.

To obtain the individual compromise (by signing a contract) of the accomplishment of the rules set by the group.

DESCRIPTION / METHODOLOGY
The facilitator explains participants the importance of the group activities in the workshop and, thus, that it is necessary to agree on and commit to some rules and working order.

In order to create such rules, the whole group has to agree on them; hence, participants themselves should establish these rules.

1. The rules of the group

Participants are divided in small groups and are asked to do a 10 minutes brainstorming to reflect on what rules they think are necessary. Next, the facilitator asks the groups to explain their ideas to the whole group and writes them down on the blackboard.

The aim of this activity is to create a table of shared rules. The facilitator should make sure that aspects such as punctuality, attendance, respect and tolerance of other peoples’ opinions, involvement and cooperation come out.

2. The compromise contract

When the table of rules is set and participants have agreed on it, it is relevant to stress on the individual compromise and agreement. The aim of making participants sign this symbolic contract is to raise their awareness about their commitment before the facilitator and the rest of participants.

Contracts (whose format and contents should be decided by the facilitator) are handed out, with a copy of the agreed rules on the back of the sheet. Participants will read them and will be given 5 minutes to ensure that they fully agree to sign it.

Once the contracts are signed, each participant receives a copy and the facilitator keeps the original.

SUGGESTED TIMING
2 hours
MATERIAL AND RESOURCES NEEDED
Blackboard, pens and paper.
COMPETENCES DEVELOPED
Personal competences

·         Self-confidence

·         Adaptability

·         Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship attitude

·         Capacity to analyse and synthesise information

·         Responsibility

·         Organisation and management

Social competences

·         Establishment of useful relationships

·         Negotiation

·         Teamwork and cooperation

Meta competences

·         Interpretation and situation in context

·         Intercultural competence: assuming new roles and defending positions

·         Ability to project