30’ from beginning to end
Seating (chair or cushions) - there should be extra 5-6 places
Discussions in large groups are often challenging. It can be difficult to have opinions and contributions heard and often the discussion risk to divert from the topic. So how can we solve this problem? Is there a way for having all the advantages of a small-group discussion (possibility for spontaneous interaction, direct answers, no facilitation needed) within a bigger group?
In this activity we will try out a different discussion method, the Fishbowl. It can be applied to any discussion within a big group.
A. Only the ones inside the fishbowl talk. (Exception: Facilitator, if things go wrong).
B. Everybody has the right to go to the inside circle and sit on a cushion.
C. Everybody within the inner circle has the right and even the duty to leave the inner circle at some point in order to give space for others.
D. The group sitting in the inside circle should try to always keep one cushion free for new people.
E. After you give your contribution, stay at least for one other contribution within the circle. Don’t just speak and leave, but wait for the replies
F. The discussion can be free-flowing, but remind participants to listen to each other respectfully.
If applicable, the facilitator can make a proposal or a summary, integrating all the aspects of the discussion.
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