Topic 3 Workshops

We can rely on some work dynamics with groups when they belong to well-known positions (for example, similar and different positions). This allows us not to have to do so many interviews to positions that are quite similar to each other, and basically “saturate” what is already known by the motor group itself. In addition to the dynamics that we review here, others already mentioned can be used (SWOT, SWROTP…).

It is the simplest strategy for the spontaneous and free generation of ideas without debate or group discussion: the statement of feelings and attitudes towards the subject launched by the animator is made out loud and in a disorderly manner. All the opinions are written down on a blackboard, in full view of all, and the analysis, debate and acceptance of the most take place, in a process of certain consensus.

This method is also used to facilitate the participation of all members of a large group (Community forum or Participatory assembly). It consists of dividing the large group into subgroups of six people who discuss the topic raised by the moderator for six minutes; then a spokesperson for each group presents the conclusions they have reached and the facilitator writes them down on a blackboard. Once all the contributions are known, they are discussed in plenary until a general consensus or at least a majority is reached.

It is a meeting of several people in which individual reflection and group interaction are combined. The participants can be people with experience or knowledge of the specific problem, or simply interested in going deeper into its study, either because they are directly or indirectly affected by that situation, or because they are users of a social intervention program, for example.

It is convenient for the group to be homogeneous, since it is about reaching a consensus on a specific position of interpretation or action; therefore, if there is a confrontation of very opposing points of view, as many nominal groups will be formed as different sectors of opinion are detected.

The development of the session, once the subject has been raised by the facilitator, consists of a first part of individual reflection and writing down the ideas that each participant comes up with; the next step is sharing and recording all the responses on a blackboard; then they are analysed one by one, each of them, and grouped (by subject, for example) or summarized in the same statement. Finally, the opinions expressed are discussed and qualified, according to preference or agreement with them, and the main points are collected.