People Smart: Create a Roundtable

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A roundtable is a focus event to closely explore specific issues identified elsewhere, or to identify new issues not addressed before. It can be used to explore solutions, define actions and develop strategies. A roundtable confronts issues rather than people.

The premise on which the idea of roundtables is based is simple – participants, be they business people, local authority employees, environmentalists, members of community-based organisations or members of the public, are seen as being of equal stature. There is no ‘leader’ as such but there will be a facilitator to ease the work process and to maintain focus and scribes to record the process, decisions & actions. Nobody is at the head of the table, everyone has an equal voice and can speak their mind freely on the subject.

Roundtables can make for a great addition to most conference and exhibition agendas. They aren’t just something which can someone can throw together. They need planning, preparation and strong leadership when taking place.


  • To address: Speak to someone, usually in a formal way.
  • Premise: A previous statement from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion.
  • Throw together: To suddenly put people or things in one place without much planning.


  1. Clear focus: the more precise the topic is, the more successful it will be.
  2. Comprehensive agenda: you need a wide and broad potential agenda for discussion.
  3. Strong moderator: a key role in any roundtable is the moderator.
  4. Selective invites: quality always trumps quantity when it comes to roundtables.


  • Have you ever participated in a roundtable?

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Ms. Frida Sofia Olea Olvera from Reforma Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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