The mid-morning kicked off with a session on facilitation methodologies. Safiya began by discussing the various approaches required for small, and large groups respectively. She also emphasised the importance of knowing who the people are, the skills they have, and being aware of diversity within groups.
Some points to consider for large groups:
Ensure people understand the issue at hand
Explore the different perceptions and knowledge
Establish ground rules in order to aid the process
Be aware of those who may dominate the discussion
Some points to consider for small groups:
Make sure the task is clear for everyone
Ensure they can manage themselves
Allocate time for the group to explore ideas and topics
Safiya stressed the reality of time constraints and the issues this may pose. She explained that the most important factor is making sure the entire group are able to participate. She also highlighted the issue surrounding “process intervention”, and that discussions should only be intervened when the group is struggling or in need of clarification, among other potential difficulties.
The session continued with a group task where the Delegates had to match content to potential methodologies and explain their choices.