It is a way to make sure who are the next 3 people to speak in a discussion of a medium-size group.
As long as the discussion lasts.
3 balls, usually the size of juggling balls, are needed. Other items can replace the balls (e.g. 3 marker).
Invented by the community Lokomuna in Kassel, Germany. A variation of the "Circle Way".
The balls are used instead of a list of speakers. Who has a ball in their hands, has the right to speak. After speaking, the speaker puts the ball back to the center.
There are 3 balls lying in the center of the circle. The balls are meant to show who is one of the next 3 people that have the right to speak. If someone wants to speak, this person takes a ball from the middle. The maximum of 3 people that hold balls in their hand decide freely about the order of the speakers. In most cases, it will be the order in which they took the balls but if necessary, it’s usually easy among these three people to agree on a different order. Once a person has finished her contribution, she puts the ball back to the middle, so that someone else can take it.
This tool is suitable for discussions in groups from 8 to 20 people. With a bigger group, the way to get the balls is too far and there are often more than 3 people that want to be sure they are on the list of speakers.
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