Values of Solidarity
A mediation game for team-building and cultural co-creation
«Values of Solidarity» is a workshop tool that is both a game and a mediation tool for teams that are just beginning their collaboration. Using cards, participants can describe which values are important to them and learn which values drive their partners. This enables members of a project or work group to get to know one another better and share values, experiences and needs that would perhaps otherwise not be shared. The discussions that arise during the game promote collaborative communication and create a framework for supporting and lasting collaboration that reflects the participants’ cultural, intellectual and emotional diversity.
What does this tool offer?
«Values of Solidarity» is a set of cards in English. The game contains two types of cards:
«Value» cards contain descriptions of values that may be important for creating a framework of solidarity and collaboration:
«Conflict» cards contain fictional scenarios to be overcome in which poor communication and cultural differences lead to tension and conflict.
Why is this set of cards important?
Conflicts may arise in work groups and collaborative relationships when members have very different values or some people do not recognise others’ rights.
During the game, teams are presented with fictional conflict situations and team members have the chance to formulate their own values.
The aim is for each team to formulate their own value frameworks. This promotes solidarity within the group.
Who is this tool aimed at?
The tool has been developed especially for teams that are just beginning their collaboration. In particular, it is aimed at project teams working in the areas of art and culture, but is also relevant for other sectors.
What can be achieved with this set of cards?
«Values of Solidarity» offers inspiration and the opportunity to reflect on how a team wants to overcome possible conflicts.
The game places participants in conflict situations together. This enables them to identify the often hidden and obscure mechanisms causing tension and difficulties. At the same time, participants can identify the methods needed to relieve tensions, especially when different backgrounds merge.
This game has the potential to raise awareness of solidarity and the practical and operational framework it offers for collaboration.
More information can be found on the Reshape Network website:
2020, RESHAPE Network
Created by Anikó Rácz, Doreen Toutikian and Dorota Ogrodzka in consultation with Konrad Gadzina.
Developed as part of RESHAPE project «Solidarische Ökonomien» («Solidarity-based economies»), involving Ouafa Belgacem, Ekmel Ertan, Harald Geisler, Anastasya Kizilova, Dorota Ogrodzka, Anikó Rácz, Laure de Selys and Doreen Toutikian under the management of Nike Jonah.
The new edition of «Values of Solidarity» in 2022 was financed by Reso – Dance Network Switzerland and m2act, the funding and network project of the Migros Culture Percentage.