Discussion with Friends, Co-Workers or Classmates
For this challenge, you will host an ocean themed discussion with your friends, co-workers or classmates!
A good discussion allows for a critical conservation about a certain topic or a group of topics. It challenges people to back up their own opinions and to listen to other points of view. Community Tool Box shares that a good group discussion:
- Gives everyone involved a voice
- Allows for a variety of ideas to be expressed and discussed
- Encourages those who might normally be reluctant to speak their minds
- Can open communication channels among people who might not communicate in another way
The ability to facilitate a group discussion is an excellent skill and a great way to have healthy, insightful conservation about important ocean conservation topics!
Here is what you need to do:
BEFORE THE DISCUSSION
- Set a date, time and location for your discussion.
- Choose a topic. Be creative! Think of a recent news article or paper you read that sparked discussion. Or something that has challenged you in your ocean conservation work.
- To prepare participants for the discussion you can:
- Have an expert in the topic open the discussion with a 15 minute presentation/talk
- Ask the participants to read or review an article, video, photo series etc.
- Give the participants a couple questions to prepare. Ensure the questions are broad enough to allow for discussion (ex. not Yes or No) but focused enough to allow you to delve deep into a topic
- Prepare questions to guide the discussion.
- Invite your friends, family, co-workers or classmates. See if you can host the discussion during your work's Sustainability team meeting or during a campus club meeting.
- See you if you can bring some treats to share! Food always sparks good discussion :)
DURING THE DISCUSSION
- Set expectations for the discussion to ensure the space stays respectful and safe
- Open up the discussion either through your own introduction or with an expert talk
- Ask your prepared questions. As the discussion facilitator, consider the following:
- Always ensure the discussion is respectful
- Ensure that your participants stay on topic
- If necessary, ask participants for clarification of statements
- Move from known to unknown. Discussions become interesting with varied opinions
- Manage your time. Ensure that you address at least 2-3 questions in one discussion
- Ensure everyone has had the opportunity to speak
- Summarize the discussion. Thank participants for attending
AFTER THE DISCUSSION
- Share your discussion points! You can write a blog about it on our community space. Be sure to share on social using our hashtags #OceanBridge #LeadersToday and tagging @OceanWise @leaderstoday and @SocDevSoc.
Take this discussion online using the CISCO WebEx Units!
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