[OSList] Closing circle 700 people
graydancer at gmail.com
Fri May 9 08:43:25 PDT 2014
I've done a couple of closing circles with 500+ people. We set up four
microphones around a central area and everyone was in a big circle around
it. We invited people to come up and share what they needed to, while also
informing them of the time limits.
People queued up in lines around each mic and my job as facilitator was
much like a traffic cop at a four way stop, inviting people to approach
each mic in turn.
Though, in truth, I wasn't actually needed much once things got going -
like a 4-way stop, people understood when it was their turn, and most of my
time was simply spent listening. We easily made the time limit, and (I
think) everyone who wanted to share got to do so.
I should thank Lisa Heft for reassuring me that this kind of thing would
work, as I had kind of panicked when they first asked me to run the event.
But magically the amount of time seems able to remain static regardless of
the number of people.
Hope that helps,
On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 10:34 AM, John Watkins <johnw536 at mac.com> wrote:
> How about a small-ish fishbowl open seating inner circle with microphones,
> and concentric circles outside that for everyone else. Anyone wishing to
> share concluding thoughts comes and sits in an open seat in the inner
> circle, shares, and then takes part in the conversation or leaves to open
> their seat to someone else. Others in the outer circles may ask questions
> or reflect on what they are hearing from the fishbowl inner circle using a
> roving microphone, or they may come take a seat in the inner circle to
> participate in that conversation.
> On May 9, 2014, at 8:26 AM, Thomas Herrmann wrote:
> > We'll have about 30-40 mts for our closing circle in a weeks time. I
> have yet not decided finally on the procedures for this. Any experiences
> and/or ideas you want to share would be appreciated.
> > Best regards
> > Thomas Herrmann
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