Democracy Circle

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An interactive method for learning more about the diverse perspectives within a group on a topic.

Time 60 min

Material Prepared poster with the democracy circle, markers

Group Size 20 people

Keywords democracy, multiperspectivity, group


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Self-reflection of a personal perspective on a topic. Gettink to know different perspectives.


1. Preparation: A poster with the word "DEMOCRACY" in the center and a circle around it.

2. The facilitator asks to answering the question [5 minutes]

  • What does democracy mean for me personally,
  • What is my relation, am I far away from the center of the term, near or very close?

3. Participants answer, showing on the poster, where they'd like to locate themselves and place a individual symbol on the poster. They might explain their attitude.

4. Generally the facilitators and other participants are not allowed to give comments or to evaluate the statements. The method should be conducted quite fast [30 minutes]


  • The facilitator focuses on a short analysis of the tendencies in the the group and paraphrazes the reasons for the participants' decisions. [20 minutes]

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.


A good step into the topic. Be aware that often a sceptical and critical attitude comes at first. Control yourself not to comment this or to intervene.


Alternatively you can chose other words than "democracy", like Europe, nation, involvement...