Let’s borrow from Priya Parker’s framing of a ‘gathering’ and use it for this purpose: “Any time 3 or more people come together”. And that’s right, in any context, any format. Below, we'll run through the stages with explanations that draw attention to how people experience each stage, or more importantly - how facilitators can support navigation through each stage.
Remember, these stages represent a general framework. The intensity, speed, and overall experience may vary from group to group- we’re a bunch of individuals after all. It's, therefore, crucial to adapt and tailor facilitation approaches to the specific needs and dynamics of the group.
Now, time to explore the 5 stages and ways to facilitate the group throughout.