Mon, 07 Nov | Private Zoom Meeting

Empowerment Living Room - OPEN/FREE DISCUSSION

Our monthly discussion has its topic set a couple of weeks prior to each session. We usually have a theme, a small presentation based on our workshops and we then open for a moderated discussion. This session is open to any gender. Sometimes we bring experts or panellists to join us.
Empowerment Living Room - OPEN/FREE DISCUSSION

Time & Location

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07 Nov, 19:00 – 20:30 CET
Private Zoom Meeting

About the Event

Below you can find our general rules of engagement.

Topic defined a couple of weeks before each event and posted on the website.

Empowerment Living Room  - Guidelines & Agreements 

This will be a moderated discussion, sometimes supported by a panel of selected skilful people over a topic that will be read at the beginning of the meeting. Some basic agreements are asked for, so everyone joining is expected to follow such points. 

They are as below:  

· Listen ​to understand first, don’t interrupt others. ​Be curious and remember that attentive listening makes communication better. 

· Suspend judgment, be considerate, allow dissent. ​Avoid cross-talking and reacting to what is being said. You don’t need to agree, just listen and be curious. 

· Honesty and authenticity are welcome, just be kind. ​Share, based on your experience and values, understanding others may have different ones. 

· Be concise, relevant, to the point. ​Sometimes we get lost in our stories, telling a lot of details, try not to do that. Remember to give others space and time too. 

· Be proactive. Own what you say and take responsibility for making this a meaningful conversation for everyone. 

Role of the Moderator: The moderator may interrupt, recalibrate or re-set the conversation. They will do so only with the objective of assuring the guidelines above, enabling proper time management.

General Format of the Meeting: The meeting will take 90 minutes following the agenda below (modifications may apply):

· Welcome (5’): hello to everyone, a reminder of the guidelines and role of the moderator and a brief introduction of who are the panellist if it is the case. 

· Quick check In (5’): depending on the familiarity among participants a quick check-in will be moderated. This will vary from meeting to meeting. 

· Intro (2-10’): the moderator will introduce the topic of the day. This will happen by the reading of a paragraph about it, which may or may not be followed by a presentation from the moderator or from one or more of the panellists, never beyond 10 minutes. 

· Discussion Kick-off (2-5’): 2-3 Questions will be suggested to start the conversation. Participants will be asked if they want to add a question too. 5 questions are the limit. 

· Open up discussion (45’): in groups of up to 5 (breakout rooms will be set as needed) and all participants are invited to contribute. Each room will have an assigned moderator. 

· Reflection (10’): participants will be asked to take some individual/silence time to reflect upon the discussions they had and make their own notes. Sometimes, a couple of questions will be proposed. In general, this will be done in the main group, after the closure of the breakout rooms. 

· Wrap up (10’): participants can share their learnings, insights or conclusions. Each participant should talk no longer than 1 minute + 30 seconds extra. 

· After finishing the event, the room may continue open for 10-15’ for the ones who want to simply socialize. Breakout rooms will be available if necessary.

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