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FACILITATING OPEN DISCUSSION

TECHNIQUES FOR SUPPORTING A FREE-FLOWING EXCHANGE OF IDEAS

  • Introduction
  • Organizing the Flow of a Discussion
  • Techniques for Broadening Participation
  • Helping Individuals Make Their Points
  • Managing Divergent Perspectives
  • Starting and Ending Open Discussion

FACILITATING OPEN DISCUSSION

INTRODUCTION

Open discussion is the unstructured, conversational, familiar way of talking in groups. People speak up when they want to, and talk for as long as they choose. It is absolutely essential to know how to facilitate an open discussion; it is by far the most common approach to thinking in groups.

Open discussion serves many purposes. If someone raises an important issue, the entire group can discuss it. And if the issue ...

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