For Trainings: Introduction

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As you advance through each month of 5 Radical Minutes, additional content will become available.

Our goals in using this program include:

  • Having a time-limited but effective means of attendees checking in to the group and becoming present
  • Providing the means for all attendees to come to know one another as pairings rotate through the group
  • Creating or reinforcing a sense of community as attendees learn what they have in common with one another
  • Helping attendees examine relevant issues that support your group process, raising self-esteem and a sense of belonging
  • Bringing attendees who often feel isolated into the fold
  • Giving all attendees equal voice
  • Increasing respect, acceptance and compassion


Foundational Program Practices

Attendees are paired with new partners continually so all get to know one another. Begin by reinforcing confidentiality, that what your partner says to you is to stay confidential.

Program Basics

  • First two minutes: One person shares their response to the prompt and the other person listens.
  • After 2 minutes: Switch roles and the listener now speaks in response to the prompt, not what the other person has said.
  • The final minute: Have back-and-forth conversation in response to the Connecting instructions.

Important Things to Remember:

  • When it’s time to listen, watch that we don’t reply and begin ordinary conversation: The listening and talking times are designed to be discreet.
  • Make appropriate eye contact. We want others to feel listened to, not stared at. Help lead some discussion about ways we can let people know we’re listening.


Below, find some helpful introductory thoughts for attendees (keep the spirit of the message, but use your own words):

Here are a few ground rules as we begin to discuss issues and experiences:

  • We can talk about issues or experiences without naming or identifying other people who were a part of it.  Our goal is to understand the behaviors, but not to talk about other people. 
  • Confidentiality is about keeping people’s confidence or secrets.  We want this to be a place where we help one another get better – feel “weller” – and one of the worst things that can happen for us is if someone shares our secrets. 
  • We will have different partners each time we do our sharing. Sometimes this may mean that we’re paired with someone that wouldn’t be our favorite choice. But each of us has something that could be a way of being a good friend for someone, and lots of times, we don’t know that until we have the chance to pair up.  Also, life is full of times when we have to work with or be with someone that isn’t our first choice.  This is a time to learn how to be understanding and supportive of everyone in the group.