Setting Ground Rules and Feedback Sessions

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http://videoplan.witness.org | The aim of the Setting Ground Rules Session is to help participants build a foundation for a productive group dynamic based on mutual respect, creativity and collaboration. The session on Feedback is to explain the rationale and methodology for feedback and recap sessions.

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  • Adapted from Source: Standield, R. Brian (2002), The Workshop Book: From Individual Creativity to Group Action: New Society Publishers, British Columbia, Canada, p. 155 - 156
  • Another key element to effective group dynamics that you can introduce to participants is how to give and receive feedback . Developing these skills will aid interactions among group members, particularly when learning/working in a team to produce advocacy video about sensitive human rights issues.
  • Setting Ground Rules and Feedback Sessions

    1. 1. Setting Ground Rules and Feedback Sessions WITNESS invites you to use, remix and share this curriculum.  All materials are under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial ShareAlike 3.0 License.  You can also find more video advocacy training materials at www.witness.org. 
    2. 2. Red Light Green Light <ul><li>Goal: Create a shared agreement on how we would like to communicate during the training. </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    3. 3. Large Group Exercise <ul><li>Materials : 2 flipcharts or a whiteboard </li></ul><ul><li>1 st section: red marker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ attitudes and behaviors that HINDER” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2 nd section: green marker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ attitudes and behaviors that HELP” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time: 10 minutes to list / 15 minute discussion </li></ul></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    4. 4. Building Consensus <ul><li>Consensus indicates to us that the group is willing to find connections and move forward together . It helps to reach a common understanding of ideas and enables us to work in a collaborative, creative and respectful environment. </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    5. 5. What is Consensus? <ul><li>Consensus is a process of thinking through particular ideas or issues and reaching a point when a group is able to make appropriate decisions and plans. It provides an opportunity to develop commitment by all parties involved through quality dialogue and forming a group connection. </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    6. 6. Consensus is not… <ul><li>A total agreement on all ideas or issues </li></ul><ul><li>A win for some and a loss for others </li></ul><ul><li>Settling for the lowest common denominator or meaningless ideas </li></ul><ul><li>A method of persuasion and selling ideas </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    7. 7. To Build Consensus… <ul><li>Everyone involved must be willing to form a consensus </li></ul><ul><li>There should be a purpose for the formation of a consensus or a question to consider </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone must be included in the dialogue (i.e., participants, facilitators, group organizers, resource persons) </li></ul><ul><li>All ideas must be respected and heard </li></ul><ul><li>Requires suspending judgement and assumptions in order to create room for new ideas to emerge </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    8. 8. Recaps & Debriefs <ul><li>Goal: Learn about the rationale and methodology for daily recaps and debriefings </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    9. 9. What is a recap? <ul><li>A summary of the previous day’s learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Brief </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To-the-point </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creative and memorable…. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>BUT, but, but…. No longer than 10 minutes! </li></ul></ul></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    10. 10. Why Debrief? <ul><li>A process of guided reflection after a learning activity </li></ul><ul><li>Allows participants to express their thoughts and feelings about content </li></ul><ul><li>A means of gathering “live” feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Provides the facilitator with insight into how to improve the activity the next time </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a positive environment </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    11. 11. What about Feedback? <ul><li>What are the best practices for giving and receiving feedback? </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    12. 12. On Feedback… <ul><li>Listen & be listened to </li></ul><ul><li>Be objective & base your feedback on observed facts </li></ul><ul><li>Make it descriptive & not interpretative </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific, use concrete & depersonalized examples </li></ul><ul><li>Make your feedback prompt & respectful </li></ul><ul><li>Take it easy – don’t overload & keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the person to paraphrase it back to me </li></ul><ul><li>Be constructive </li></ul><ul><li>Get feedback on your feedback </li></ul>11/29/11 WITNESS.org
    13. 13. Setting Ground Rules and Feedback Sessions WITNESS invites you to use, remix and share this curriculum.  All materials are under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial ShareAlike 3.0 License.  You can also find more video advocacy training materials at www.witness.org. 

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