Fishbowl decision meeting


Method of discussion for large groups of up to approx. 80 participants. The group is divided in two parts, an "inner circle" (within the "fishbowl") of 4 to 10 participants who discuss the problem/the question, and an "outer circle" of 10 to 70 participants who watch the discussion.

 

Often the centre features the management and a team of employees that has dealt with a certain topic of change. If a participant of the outer circle wishes to contribute to the discussion, he can change places with a member of the inner circle. The method enables transparency, leads to a larger cross-hierarchical orientation and thereby accelerates the implementation of change projects.


We apply the fishbowl structure for many of our discussions with the top management.