This was the key objective of an experiential learning event conducted for a group of journalists and social workers from multiple religious backgrounds who had gathered for a consultation on Human rights and Media. Their need was to achieve consensus on various issues confronting them.
Tasked with setting the tone for the consultation, the experiential learning activities were customized to help the participants learn to interact freely, respect each other’s opinions, and see the power of working together to achieve consensus, greater momentum and impact.
The initial behaviour contract signed by all the participants for the activities , in itself became a reference tool and benchmark for subsequent speakers and facilitators, as the group grappled with various complex issues.
Another activity which helped them experience the possibility of achieving consensus when faced with vastly different and subjective perceptions, also inspired them to work together to reach solutions.