Conversation OK: but we need some rules
We need rules for conversation of this kind. A group should be encouraged to develop their own rules. They could either use an extract from their own Bill, or the following starter set for consideration:
Display tolerance, patience and consideration to others.
Honour and respect each other.
Listen to others, attempt to understand the point of view being expressed, reflect and respond.
Not to dominate.
Not to offend.
Avoid losing control of one's feelings.
All ideas are viewed as contributions to the group for consideration, accepting that not all ideas are used.
Free exchange of ideas; public ownership of ideas.
Equal opportunity to participate.
Stand for what one believes in.
Equal opportunity of action and decisions; but take responsibilities for actions and decisions.