Code of Conduct

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A seminar is an island and we imagine ourselves to be stranded on this island. Now we have to find our own rules.

Time 60 min

Material Standard

Group Size 12-24 people

Keywords group rules, participation, trustbuilding



The participants agree upon a set of guidelines for life on the island, which will then be transferred to behavior within the seminar.


1. Participants are divided into small groups of about 5 to 6.

2. Introduction: Each group finds itself on a small and isolated island. The task for each group is to formulate and note down a set of guidelines to define the life on the island. [20 minutes]

3. In a plenary session, inhabitants of the island present their rules, followed by group discussion: “What are the rules for our seminar?” [40 minutes]


  • What aspects came up quickly?
  • What was easy to agree on and why?
  • What was somewhat harder to solve?
  • On which of the rules can we all agree for the duration of the training?

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Editor of Competendo. He writes and works on the topics: active citizenship, civil society, digital transformation, non-formal and lifelong learning, capacity building. Coordinator of European projects, in example DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship, DARE network.

Blogs here: Blog: Civil Resilience.


Please be aware that often rules are not necessary in groups. Adults often do not need rules or at least manage to deal with the breaking of “implicit” rules in a proper way. So before making rules, be aware of the group you are working with and ask yourself whether this group really needs rules or not. An option for a longer training is to wait until the end of the second day and then you will recognize if there are certain rules necessary to conduct the training properly.