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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 47

Mutual Invitation

Developed by Episcopalian priest Eric Law, Mutual Invitation is a technique designed to promote egalitarian group talk that works best in smaller groups in which people already know something about each other's skills, knowledge, and experience.

Purposes

  • To create an opportunity for everyone in a group to contribute to a discussion
  • To put the control of group process in the group's hands
  • To ground the discussion in what most concerns and interests group members

How It Works

  • Facilitators begin by giving their views on a topic or question.
  • The facilitator then chooses the next person to share whatever she or he wishes to. This person is allowed plenty of time to think about what to say and should not feel ...

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