A technique for making it safe to answer questions from different perspectives.
To enable members to quickly gain a picture of the breadth of the group's thinking. By seeing all the parts, the group gains a sense of the whole and to encourage participants to offer their points of view on the topic at hand.
Number of participants: 26-50
Time needed: 45 - 75 min.
Ideal conditions: People need to feel somewhat comfortable sharing ideas with each other.
Pre-Work Required: none
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate (to be deleted during review): Facilitation skills required
1. Describe the process.
2. Describe the intention of the activity.
3. Say how much time will be taken.
4. Suggest that everyone answer the question without commenting in any way on each other's ideas.
1. Record the answers to these questions on a flipchart.
2. Either go around the room and have each person answer the questions or ask that everyone answer and wait until all have.
3. How would you describe what is going on?
4. How does this problem affect you or your work?
5. What is your position on this matter?
6. Why, do you think, this is happening?
1. Close the activity by asking:
- What are things you notice about the ideas?
- Where are their similarities?
- Where are their differences?
- What have you learned?
- What are three things you would you suggest we do about this?
Follow-Up Required: This is preparation for the process of what Sam Kaner calls the Groan Zone where the group struggles through what the information means to them.
Usual or Expected Outcomes: The group understands each other better and understands the various perspectives people are coming from.
Source: Sam Kaner