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FIELD NOTE | Innovative Approaches to Reconnecting Through Community Conversations: Fishbowl

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In recent years, shifting to a virtual community engagement environment has moved from being a mere option to being a necessity.

To address this change, the Cities Deepening Community team led a bi-weekly community of practice series in July and August 2021 that involved diving into ideas of deepening community using four different participatory processes that are adapted for online: Open Space, Conversation Café, Deliberative Dialogue and Fishbowl. 

This field note explores the Fishbowl facilitation process, which involves a circle-based discussion featuring both chosen speakers and active listeners.

Dan Ritchie

By Dan Ritchie

Dan has recently joined the Vibrant Communities team as Manager of Cities, Cities Deepening Community. His background ranges from supporting health care, youth leadership and sustainability. With an introduction to community development through not for profits, Dan's formative years were spent running outdoor leadership programs for youth across Nova Scotia. These experiences led to completing a Bachelor in Community Development and Environmental Sustainability from Acadia University. This program involved working directly with grassroots organizations and community groups in Canada and abroad.

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