We model our sessions on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme, Any Questions? So that everybody is pro-actively involved, everyone comes armed with a question of topical interest, and a reserve question also should we find we have some time to spare in our session, for instance should some of our group be unable to attend. Each question should be allocated 12 minutes for discussion (this can be relaxed a little for a smaller group size), the idea being that the time is long enough for everyone to make a meaningful contribution, whilst short enough for everyone to be able to ask their question and feel fully involved. The person asking the question will chair the debate (the Jonathan Dimbleby role) on their own question, and will be able to add their own input, be it introduction or summary. Questions should preferably be limited to 20 words, with 40 words as an absolute maximum - the questioner can, however, elaborate a little in the form of introduction.
1. Everybody listens respectfully to the points of view of others, even if they profoundly disagree. They will get their opportunity to articulate their own view.
2. The only person allowed to interrupt is the person chairing the discussion, on the basis of time management or relevance to the question.
3. The only dialogue outlawed is anything personally abusive.
For meaningful debate which involves everyone, the group size should not exceed 8. If more people show interest in future, then second and subsequent groups can form, so that the maximum number of 8 for any session is maintained.
The first Thursday morning of every month from 11am to 1pm (note time change), with a 5/10 minute comfort break half way through. A further monthly session in another time slot in the week may be organised given sufficient demand, for people interested who cannot make Thursday mornings.
Contact the group organiser for details of the venue, which is in a public location, if you wish to join in.
Dudley Tolkien - tel. 01752 402048 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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introductory proposals for U3A Science & Technology group.