Sometimes small groups get involved in theoretical views on a specific issue. Some people in the group might find the discussion heady, argumentative and unproductive. It is worthwhile to keep to first-hand experience and understanding. This avoids getting caught up in abstractions, generalisations or multiple views.
A small group may not require a facilitator. It might be worthwhile for someone to name:
- Share experiences
- Learn from each other
- To find a resolution to any differences
- Develop mutual understanding/agreements.
Guidelines for a Small Group
- One minute of silence followed by a reading or outline of the guidelines listed here.
- One person in the group ensures participants keep to this principle.
- Every person has opportunity to speak. An invite to a participant may be necessary.
- Nobody dominates the meeting.
- Participants remain mindful of slipping into generalities.
- Group keeps to the topic with a supportive tone rather than arguments.
- At the end, each person states a single sentence of value heard in the meeting.
- If group wish to discuss in general social issues, participants make a separate time for this.
LISTEN. LEARN. SHARE. REALISE.