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Facilitating on the tube

Just imagine: sitting on the tube, rocking to and fro. Being forced to listen to somebody’s monotonous MP3 beat seep out of their headphones, watching the faces of all those strangers.
You stand up and welcome all 50 people to the short meeting. Astonished and worried and nervous and embarrassed and perhaps also excited, the 50 faces either turn to you or instinctively place a hand on their wallets. You pose your question. You tell them you are trying to find out what normal people think about a complex issue. You ask them to turn to their neighbour and discuss for a minute or two. And then you reap the fruits of human creativity.
I would have loved to have asked my train load of commuters, stick-carrying elderly hikers and sleepy teenagers this morning for answers to some of society’s burning questions. But I didn’t.
Any facilitation needs framing. But then again, can’t a train load of people with their various purposes, experiences and needs provide us with an adequate framework?
I’m going to think about this some more. Will be back to you on this.