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TOMORROW 5/9, 7-9:30pm, FISHBOWL GAMES @EBPDisc. Grp in Oakland

For those who don't read the East Bay Poly Potluck Yahoo group, here is the announcement about this month's East Bay Poly Discussion Group, happening Tues 5/10 (doors open 6:45 and discussion starts 7:15) at at private home near Tunnel Rd/Hwy 13/Hwy 24. The address is ON THE RSVP PAGE (see below). Please let me know ASAP if you are having any trouble seeing the RSVP page.

Jay Wiseman will lead us in FISHBOWL GAMES this Tuesday (thanks, Jay!!). See the bottom of this message for a repeat of his description of what those are.

Hope to see some of you on Tuesday, if not before!

Dawn (EBPDG coordinator) & Greg (EBPP list-mom)

PS: We're happy to take volunteers to host future events, as well as suggestions for future topics....



Tuesday May 10: Special Guest facilitator Jay Wiseman, at the East Bay Poly Discussion Group
Doors open at 6:45, and the activities will start at 7:15pm, concluding at 9:30pm.

Join us for an evening of Fishbowl Conversations (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishbowl_%28conversation%29), led by professional mediator and instructor, Jay Wiseman. Yay! The location is JUST on the West side of the Tunnel, making it fairly convenient for people on either side. Public transit via BART (Rockridge is closest) is possible, but will require a pickup, so we'll need to coordinate that (indicate on the spreadsheet, please). We will have POTLUCK SNACKS and drinks only--this is not a full-on potluck dinner, so we recommend eating beforehand.

We take RSVPs for this event! There's a Google Spreadsheet available at http://bit.ly/kdbabc for you to register your name. If you have difficulty updating the spreadsheet (Internet Explorer may fail), send an email to: admin (at) ebpp (dot) org, and we'll add your name to the RSVP list for this particular discussion.

If you're interested in joining the ongoing discussion list, drop us an email to admin (at) ebpp (dot) org with a little about yourself.

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Jay Wiseman wrote:

Hi all,

I'm very much looking forward to hosting a round (or two) of the Fishbowl Game at the upcoming discussion group at Ann's house.

For those of you who are not familiar with it, Fishbowl is a game (more like a structured communication exercise, actually) that can be played between two groups of people.

Basically, the two groups separate for a while and brainstorm a list of questions that they'd like to ask the other group, then the groups reconvene and arrange the chairs into two circles, one inside the other, with all chairs facing inward. One group goes into the inner
circle and the other takes the outer circle. The outer group then reads off its first question. The people in the inner circle discuss the question among themselves while the the outer group silently watches them -- as if looking into a fishbowl.

When the first question has been answered, the next question is read off. When all questions have been answered the two groups switch positions and the process is repeated.

I have been running Fishbowl games for over 15 years (we did one a Barry and Cathy's house a while back) and the results have always been very good. It's a quite enjoyable and very non-threatening activity. Come check in out!

Best regards to all,

Jay
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