At the beginning of a recent workshop, I revealed a flip chart with the word AGREEMENTS. I had taped a big cross over the word.
At the end of the two days, when everyone was reflecting on their experiences of the workshop, someone said “I really liked how we didn’t have any rules on how we should behave. It felt like we were being treated as responsible adults”.
For some other thoughts about ground rules in group workshops, head on over to Rhizome and their post, Groundrules – empowering or oppressive?