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Transcript of Samoan Circle
Stimulates active participation
Can avoid severe opposition
Allows a large number of people to be involved
People can stall
Opinions can be monopolized
Audience can become frustrated with their passive role
Requires a trained facilitator
People who are shy may be less likely to participate A leaderless meeting intended to negotiate controversial issues
There is a professional facilitator who explains the process and gets involved when necessary
Samoan circle has people seated in concentric circles
The inner circle should represent all the different viewpoints on the issue at hand
Only those in the inner circle may talk
This process allows others a chance to speak only if they join the inner circle Can be used to engage the community
Helps active participation by all interested in issue
Gives voice to diverse opinions
Builds relationships Low Cost
Venue with enough space for concentric circles
Recorders Strengths Two circles will be formed, one inner and one outer
Occupants of the inner circle sit down facing each other
Occupants of the outer circle stand behind the inner circle and should observe
Only the inner circle occupants may speak
An occupant of the outer circle may "tap in" to join the conversation
The person tapped then moves to the outer circle and must remain a silent observer
Members of the inner circle remain part of the discussion until "tapped out"
If the discussion strays, the facilitator refocuses the group back to the question or topic Tino Hernandez