Orbiting values

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The activity gives participants a space for talking to each other, first in pairs and then all together, about values and the role they play in the lives of people and society. Through targeted questions, the activity allows the group to create a common background on the topic and to discover the others’ points of view.

Time 45 minutes

Material Questions PDF

Group Size -30 people, -15 years old

Keywords Values, Democracy, Participation




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  • Identify and express one’s own values
  • Reflect on one’s own values
  • Reflect on the others’ values


Prepare a large empty room or space. If you work in a classroom, move the tables and chairs to the sides so that you have a central space large enough for participants to move around in.


1. Divide the participants into two groups of the same size.

2. Ask them to create two concentric circles (one group will form an outer circle and the other the inner circle). Those placed in the inner circle will face those in the outer circle. You can either stand or sit.

3. Tell participants that you will read some questions, which they will have five minutes to discuss with the person they are dealing with.

4. Every five minutes you clap your hands and rotate the participants in the inner circle so that they are facing a new partner (the participants in the outer circle remain still). Continue reading the questions and leave the participants 5 minutes to exchange opinions.

5. Repeat this process until there are no more questions.


After the activity, discuss with the participants starting from these questions:

  • How do you feel?
  • How did you feel during the activity?
  • Was it simple or difficult? Why?
  • Did you discover people who’d had similar experiences to you?
  • Did you hear about new/surprising experiences.
  • What do you think of this activity? What did you learn?
  • What do you think values are? What meaning do you attribute to this word?
  • How can this activity be related to everyday life? What does it tell us about reality?



The list of questions can be modified, but it is important that they are relevant both to specific and to more general and broader issues. If the group is small, prepare as many questions as the number of people in the circle, so that participants can talk to all the members of the group. If you are a teacher, adapt the questions to the school context. For example, personal values may be introduced first and the values as members of the class group, school etc.