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Democracy

By Ashraf Al Shafaki

Activity

Ask participants to vote on something. Have one of them (or two) count the number that raised their hands. Write that number on the whiteboard or flip chart. Ask the question again but in the negative. Let those who agree raise their hands. Ask the same student(s) to count the number of participants who raise their hands. Write that number also on the whiteboard/flip chart under the first number you had written. Now add the two numbers. Ask the same student to count the number of attendees. It should be larger than the total of the two numbers.

Make sure the question is one that several would not answer nor make their minds about quickly. This activity would work best for groups that are more than 10 participants. This activity demonstrates the non-voters phenomenon.

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