On this page I introduce you to a selection of participatory moderation methods that have proven useful for moderation of small, medium and large groups.

I would be happy to advise you personally which method is the best to achieve your specific goals.

short description
suitable for
small groups¹ medium groups² large groups³
Activating Survey Method of community work for activating residents x x x
Wisdom Council Instrument for citizen partizipation x x
Collective Story Harvesting Mutual learning from good practice stories x x x
Dialogue Highly effective communication method based on the absolute equality of all participants. Especially suitable for strategic and creative thinking processes x x x
Dynamic Facilitation Method especially for difficult or deadlocked situations and socio-politically relevant issues x x x
Fish Bowl Very dynamic method especially for dialogue in larger groups with an inner- und an outer circle x x
Focus Group Pre-structured group interview to obtain answers x
Open Space Room for open, sparsely pre-structured discussions with high personal responsibility of the participants x x
Pro Action Café World Café setting suitable especially for groups where several participants are simultaneously seeking answers for varied concerns or projects, when not all have to discuss the same thing at the same time x x
Knowledge Café World Café where the acquisition of knowledge is in the foreground x
World Café Very effective method suitable for groups of 12 or more. The talks are conducted in a pleasant café atmosphere on tables for 4-5 people each. Usually 3 rounds with defined questions and changing participants after each round x x

¹up to 12-15 persons
²from 12 to 30 persons
³over 30 persons