Posted by: Mike Grenville | 3 December 2008

Ground Rules For Groups

There have been a number of requests for guidelines around what ground rules could help to set a useful background for all of us in making our groups function well. Sophy Banks (co-founder of Transition Training) and Peter Lipman (Transition City Bristol member) have come up with a document as a starting point.

The principles come from Constellations work which looks deeply into how people behave within groups – from families to nations. It names four areas which need to be kept in good order for people to be able to relate in a healthy way:

  • Identity and Belonging: Criteria for inclusion and exclusion
  • Exchange – Giving and Taking
  • Place: What is each person’s place in the group?
  • Conduct: How do we behave when we’re together?

You can read the document here:
http://transitionnetwork.org/Miscellaneous/TransitionNetwork-GoodPracticeForGroups01.pdf

There is a new topic on the Transition Network forum here – and we’d welcome comment and examples of what people have done about this.

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