The Dialogue

You've mastered the tech and invited your crew. Now what? You have the power, as the host and collectively as a group, to decide what you want to discuss. But here are some suggestions about the flow of conversation:

The Intro

  • Welcome everyone to the meeting.

  • Create an environment of respect by agreeing on ground rules.

    • Everyone who wants to speak gets a chance to speak​.

    • Brothers will not interrupt each other.

    • No recording of the conversation unless everyone agrees.

  • Decide whether the group wants someone to take and circulate notes.

The Verse

  • Everyone introduces himself.

  • Why did you decide to join this conversation?

  • Why is this conversation important to you?

  • What do you hope to get out of this conversation?

  • Do you participate in other groups where Black men get together?

The Chorus

  • How have you been impacted by COVID-19? How are you coping?

  • What has been bringing you joy? What has been causing you pain?

  • What do you need to get off your chest about your life?

  • What are your biggest dreams right now?

  • How can the Brothers participating in the meeting support you?

  • How do you support Black women in your life? How will you do more?

  • Describe how you are teaching or mentoring children in your life.

  • What does your country mean to you? Do you feel respected as a citizen?

  • If you could change one thing about your world, what would it be? Why that choice?

The Outro

  • Was this a useful exercise? Why or why not?

  • What did you get out of the conversation?

  • Do you want to continue to meet as a group or take any group action?

  • What do you want the host to highlight when he completes the survey?

Keep in mind that everyone may not be down for a long meeting. Try to cap your time at no more than two hours or whatever the group collectively decides. The goal is to ensure that everyone participates. You know that you were successful if every Brother feels heard.

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