Round Robin table topics and conversations: Round Robins are an opportunity to discuss a topic in an informal group of 6 to 10 people. Several discussions take place concurrently in the same room. Participants move to a new table every 20 minutes. This is sometimes called a progression. Business and personal development topics are also appropriate for this format. Time Allocation: There will be 3 x 20 minute segments each day (Friday/Saturday).
Some conferences use the term World Cafe:
Small Group Rounds: The process begins with the first of three or more twenty minute rounds of conversation for the small group seated around a table. At the end of the twenty minutes, each member of the group moves to a different new table. They may or may not choose to leave one person as the "table host" for the next round, who welcomes the next group and briefly fills them in on what happened in the previous round. (source
And there is more info here on how it should work:
Well, Wikipedia offers this description of round tables:
Round table is a form of academic discussion. Participants agree on a specific topic to discuss and debate. Each person is given equal right to participate, because of the circular layout usually used in round table discussions.
Wiktionary defines round tables as:
A conference at which participants of similar status discuss and exchange views
And this pdf from the Royal Geographic society gives a good description: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rgs.org%2FNR%2Frdonlyres%2FBB0B080E-4A7F-4758-A4C0-947680F7DD13%2F0%2FSuggestedFormat_Roundtables.pdf
Now, apparently some organizations call this type of session a round robin. The term is used for a type of scheduling in sports tournaments. It seems that Toastmasters uses these 2 terms: round robin, table topic. Somehow our description combined them!
In the next post, we will elaborate on the 3 types of activity we envision for these sessions.
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