Chapter FourThe Use of Small Groups Within Large Group Meetings

In Part One, we introduced the concept of virtuous meetings and explained how they are different from the much more common front-of-the-room-focused meetings. Before going on to the details of designing this kind of meeting, we want to ground you in a couple of concepts that will allow you to understand the mechanics behind the process. In Part One, we introduced the two keys to convergence in large meetings: the participant-centered approach, and the use of high-speed connectivity. Combining these two elements lets us conduct the meeting simultaneously on two levels. In a front-of-the-room meeting, it is assumed that there is one level of communication—the large group level—and ...

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