Speak from Your own Perspective

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Identification
Level of process: 
Method
Intervention
Intent or purpose: 
To enable members to quickly gain a picture of he breadth of the group?s thinking. By seeing all the parts, the group gains a sense of the whole and to encourage participants to offer their points of view on the topic at hand.
Recommended size of group: 
26-50
Optimal amount of time needed: 
45 - 75 min.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The group understands each other better and understands the various perspectives people are coming from.
Level of participation: 
high
Ideal Conditions: 
People need to feel somewhat comfortable sharing ideas with each other.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Facilitation skills required
Setting and Materials: 
none
Resources Needed: 
none
Pre-Work Required: 
none
Procedures: 

<b>Opening</b><br>
1. <i>Describe the process.</i><br>
2. <i>Describe the intention of the activity.</i><br>
3. <i>Say how much time will be taken.</i><br>
4. <i>Suggest that everyone answer the question without commenting in any way on each other?s ideas.</i><br>
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<b>Steps</b><br>
1. <i>Record the answers to these questions on a flipchart.</i><br>
2. <i>Either go around the room and have each person answer the questions or ask that everyone answer and wait until all have.</i><br>
3. How would you describe what is going on?<br>
4. How does this problem affect your or your work?<br>
5. What is your position on this matter?<br>
6. Why, do you think, this is happening?<br><br>
<b>Closing</b><br>
1. Close the activity by asking:<br>
- What are things you notice about the ideas?<br>
- Where are their similarities?<br>?
- Where are their differences?
- What are learning?s<br>
- What are three things you would you suggest we do about this?

How flexible is the process?: 
very
Follow-Up Required: 
This is preparation for the process of what Sam Kaner calls the Groan Zone where the group struggles through what the information means to them.
Background
Developer: 
Sam Kaner
References: 
Kaner, S. (1996). Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC,
License Model: 
Open
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