👥 In an offline environment
The format is made of two circles of chairs: the inner circle ("fishbowl") and one or more outer circle(s).
Within the Fishbowl there are 4-7 participants who actively participate in a conversation around a certain topic; all other participants are seated in the outer circles(s) to listen and observe. The clue to this format is that only a specific amount of people can be active in the conversation. By standing up and leaving the fishbowl, participants can make room for others to join the conversation.
🌐 In an online setting
It's just as easy, and here is how we do it:
Mic on/off: everyone has their camera turned on, but mics on mute. Only the participants in the Fishbowl have their mics turned on to lead the discussion. By turning off their mic, a spot in the fishbowl becomes free for another participant, who can join by turning on their mic.
Fishbowl set-up online & offline (feel free to save this image)