Can be used in any workshop, giving participants a chance to collect their thoughts before sharing in open discussion.
To allow each person to spend a few minutes thinking, organizing their thoughts and writing them on paper before sharing them.
- Paper and pencils or pens
other recommended uses: providing input to a sponsor, evaluating a meeting when time is scarce, preserving anonymity, collect thoughts and feelings after temper has flared.
Pre-Work Required: The instructions and the discussion point need to be thought through in the context of the workshop.
- Describe the process, how long it will take and what the intent is.
- Describe the background for the exercise and say what the specific assignment is. Let people know whether they will expected to show their writing to someone else. It may be reassuring to say "You won't have to show this to anyone." It is an exercise to clarify thinking.
- Say how much time they will have to write down their thoughts.
- Give a warning 1 minute before end of time.
- Bring the group back together.
- Ask for volunteers to share their writing.
- Reconvene the group. Allow ample time for discussion of the material that was generated during the writing period.
Source: Sam Kaner et all, Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision Making, Jossey-Bass, 2014, pages 128/129
Derived from: Jo Nelson's "Meeting Tools"