Ideally, dialogue groundrules are developed by the group, especially in extended or ongoing processes. They should also routinely be revisited and changed, if necessary.

The following are generic groundrules that should work with most groups. Note that the first experiential groundrule is the one which distinguishes this form of dialogue from others:

Elliptical for Ground Rules

    • Speak from experience
    • Listen as equals
    • Suspend your assumptions
    • Respect the speaker
    • Defer the need for clarification
    • Focus on the learning