DNA of an EU Citizen

Exercise TitleDNA of an EU Citizen 
PurposeExplore participants associations with the notion of an EU Citizen and map the complexity and the multiple perspectives of EU Citizenship in an interactive online exercise.
Description1. Using menti, give participants 1 minute to write the first maximum 3 associations (without overthinking), that come to their minds when they see/hear the words “EU CITIZEN”. When filling it in, remind them of the time limit and insist that they should not think too much but simply write down whatever comes into their minds. 

2. Then share/reveal their words on menti and leave a few minites for everyone to read what has been written. Alternatively we can quickly read out loud all the associated words. 

3. Debriefing and evaluation- Identify relevant findings (for example, common associations or contrasting ones) or controversies coming from the group.- What do they think about those associations?- Where do they come from?- Do they mean anything in terms of ideas, values, previous experiences? – Did you discover any new ideas in relation to European Citizenship from the sharing of these associations?[The purpose of this sharing is not to have deep discussions or to promote agreements. The most important is simply to map all the associations and to identify some key issues related to Global Citizenship.]

4. On menti we can then share and read an “accepted/official” definition of “Europen Citizen” – by European Commission or another EU institution            

Constructing our “ideal” EU Citizen

1. Divide the group in teams of 4-5 and ask them to create their “ideal” EU Citizen. Using padlet with a human figure in the background, they are asked to come up with the values, skills and knowledge this person is expected to have and on the 2/3 sides note their main rights, responsibilities (and challenges?)! 
2. Back in plenary each group presents their ideal citizen 
3. Debriefing (comparing the EU citizens, discuss the main differences and similarities, factors influencing the differences/ where they may steam from (eg their cultural or other backgrounds), reflecting and sharing where they think they are in comparison to the ideal, competences they might be lacking? rights they may not be exercising, etc) 
Possible questions (need restructuring)
– How easy or difficult was it to construct a common ideal EU citizen in your groups? 
– Were there any common competences that people included in their figures? Any differences?
– Any common rights? responsibilities? Differences?
– What are today the main challenges that citizens from your background share?
– How are these challenges responded to in your context and what is the role of EU citizens?
– How much can citizens influence European affairs or global solutions?
– If there is time ask them to take a few mins to reflect where they believe they personally stand as EU citizens – in comparison to the ideal they constructed?
– Are there specific competences they are lacking and would like to gain/enhance?
– Rights they may not be exercising?
Tools usedZoom, Mentimeter, Padlet