Variations on the fishbowl
1. The fishbowl method could be used to observe group
process and help define particular roles that people play and the authority
those roles command. The outside circle might be asked to observe:
· Who does most of
the talking? Who remains silent?
differing roles do individuals play?
and why does the discussion get off track?
What body language is used and what does it communicate?
· How are conflicts resolved?
2. The fishbowl technique is useful for problem solving
or decision making when you are working with a large group. First break into
smaller groups for discussion on a particular topic. Then form a fishbowl with
representatives from each small group representing the position of their
respective groups (whose members make up the silent outer circle of the
fishbowl). After some discussion, the small groups reform for more discussion
and make any changes in their original position to be presented in the next
round of fishbowl. The process could be repeated several times until a