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:

General Purpose(s)

  • 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.




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