This is a longer activity for thinking, writing and discussing that we used at a meeting in August. The activity revolves around the concepts of utopia, dystopia and eutopia - and I'm sure what we have here is only a jumping off point for the many, many things you can do with these topics.
For our meeting, we began by reading a short story about a society run by women and discussing our reactions to the concepts brought up in the writing. We then each wrote separately in response to the following prompt, Populate an Ideal Land (see below). Lastly, we broke into small groups to discuss our ideas, moral dilemmas, dissenting opinions and the like. The possibilities of where you can go with this one are endless, and maybe we will return to it again - but regardless it was a very inspiring and thought-provoking meeting for us!
Populate an Ideal Land
A large area of your country has been set aside by the current government for the development of a new nation. This area will include an invited international community of 20,000 men and women. Imagine that your group has to decide the laws of this new country.
Discuss the following questions.
1. Which political system will the country have?
2. What will the official language(s) be?
3. Will there be censorship?
4. What industries will your country try to develop?
5. Will citizens be allowed to carry a gun?
6. Will there be the death penalty?
7. Will there be a state religion?
8. What kind of immigration policy will there be?
9. What will the educational system be like? Will there be compulsory education to a certain age?
10. Who will be allowed to marry?