Circles and dialogue facilitation provide a process where a neutral person will guide the participants through steps to assist the group in meeting its defined objectives. The subject matter of a facilitation is set by the group and the structure of the facilitation is designed by the group, or its representative(s), with the assistance of the facilitator.
A process can be designed to:
- work through conflict to a resolution agreeable to all participants
- empower family or community groups to work together in new and stronger ways
- assist companies in exploring alternative business practices
- expand discussion to look at a specific issue or a variety of issues
- deepen exploration into causes of and resolutions for conflict
- stimulate ideas and creativity
Circles. A time-honored tradition used in many cultures to insure that all participants in the circle have an opportunity to express their thoughts and be heard by the entire group. It is a respectful way to address any number of issues and involve all participants in a cohesive discussion and/or problem solving process.
Creative brainstorming. In a brainstorming session quantity not quality is what counts; no idea is rejected; all ideas are displayed where all participants can see them; participants can build on each other’s ideas. There is no discussion or analysis during a brainstorming session. However, a discussion or analysis may follow in a separate or subsequent session, depending on the purpose of the group.
Problem Solving. During a problem solving process: the discussion objectives are clarified; possible causes of the problems are explored, discussed and may be listed where the group can refer to them; possible solutions are discussed and also may be listed; a group decision is made that may come from one or more of the ideas discussed.