The new planet

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The learners exchange on their ideas for rules and rights in order to shape a learning culture according to their needs.

Time 30 minutes

Material Standard

Group Size 10-30 people

Keywords human rights, group rules, teambuilding




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Online manual on intercultural under­standing, ethics and human rights



  • Find agreements on rights and rules for the shared learning culture
  • Exploring intersections and differences among learners


1. Introduction

The session leader organises small groups (3-5 participants) and introduces the scenario:


A catastrophe has taken place on Earth and all life has been wiped out. You are the only fortunate people to get on board a spaceship that is on its way to an entirely new planet. The planet strongly resembles Earth, with mountains, water, plains, oceans and an atmosphere you can breathe in. There is nature, forest, grass, fruit trees, vegetables and animals. The only thing missing is people. You are the first human beings on the planet. But afterwards, you will settle there and multiply.

2. Group Work

The group divides in smaller groups and has the following tasks:

  • As the first people, you have the privilege to decide what rules shall be in force.
  • The rules must not only apply to the individuals in your group, but to all the people who will eventually live on the planet.
  • Each group must agree on 10 rules that will apply to all people on the planet so that they can live good lives.
  • The rules must be written down on a big piece of paper.
  • You can decide on a name for the new planet (30 min).

3. Exchange and Reflection

Everyone comes together in a plenary session where the groups present their planets. During the presentations, the session leader shall encourage discussion and in-depth reflection on the different rules.

  • Where are intersections?
  • Where we can identify differences or contrary rights and rules or a dilemma?
  • How do these rights relate to known human rights?


Marit Langmyr


Project manager and expert for Human Rights Education at Human Rights Academy, Oslo.

Lillian Hjorth


Director of Human Rights Academy, Oslo. Long-standing facilitator and expert for Human Rights Education.


The process will reveal that many of the group´s rules have similarities to, and the same intentions as, modern human rights. Therefore, a following unit might dig deeper in Human Rights, their nature and history