The inner circle provides the opportunity for people to discuss a theme or issue. Four or five volunteer enter the inner circle in the middle of the rooml. The rest of the group sits around the circle in silence.
The ones in the circlel shares their understanding with othesr in the circle. When one person is talking in the circle, others stay. When a person has finished speaking, he or she can leave – assuming there are no further questions to that person.
If further questions arise, the speaker must stay to hear the response. An ongoing exchange can take place. There should always be two people in the circle before one speaks. The inner circle is sometimes refrred to as the fishbowl.
One person in the outer circle may take notes and offer a brief summary at the end.