One Idea Group Session from Express Yourself



This resource will help you facilitate a short session to help a group learn from the One Idea Summary on Your Four Rights and Responsibilities.


  • Be able to describe what the four rights and responsibilities are.
  • Discuss personal applications of the four rights and responsibilities.


Send a copy of the One Idea Summary on Your Four Rights and Responsibilities to the participants one week before the session. They are to read it before coming to the session and bring it with them.


Introduce the session

Introduce the session by sharing the learning objectives with them.

Review the four keys

Put them into pairs and tell each pair to discuss and review the four rights and responsibilities. Give them flipchart paper to write down a summary of their discussion about the rights and responsibilities.

Give them 10-minutes to do that.

After 10-minutes stop them. Ask each pair to tell you what they discussed. Make sure their feedback shows that they know and understand the four rights and responsibilities. If not, use the one idea summary to remind them of the rights and responsibilities.

Next, tell them that they will have a discussion about the four rights and responsibilities and how they apply to them personally.

Let’s discuss

To set up the discussion:

  • Split them into small groups. Each group should not have more than three people.
  • Tell each person in each group to think about the four principles and responsibilities and how it applies to them.
  • Then each person should discuss their thoughts with the other members of the group.
  • Give them 15-minutes for the discussion.

After 15-minutes stop them and tell them that before they give their own feedback of their thoughts, you will tell them about your own thoughts.

Present to them the following information:

  • In a team meeting I am allowed to present my own ideas and views and whether people agree with me or not is not important as far as I don’t disrespect anyone in the process of presenting my views. Also, I will listen to others present their views even if I don’t agree with them.
  • I am allowed to tell a friend ‘No’ if they invite me to a get together that I don’t feel like going to and I should not feel guilty about doing that neither should I defend my reasons for saying ‘No’.
  • If I forget to do something that my partner asked for, it is not the end of the world and I should not feel inadequate about it. It is a mistake which anyone, even my partner can make, and I can apologise for the mistake and move on. Everyone of us makes mistakes and we should not let our mistakes weigh us down or make us feel inadequate.
  • It is my responsibility to get to work on time and I should not expect others to make allowances for me or cover up for me if I am late. In the same way others are responsible for their own time keeping, it is not my responsibility to cover up for them if they are consistently late.

After telling them your thoughts, ask for feedback from every participant and take the time to listen them.

When they finish giving feedback, appreciate them for doing the activity and move on to review and close the session.


To review the session tell them that:

  • During this session we explored four rights and responsibilities that we all have.
  • First you reviewed the information you read about the rights and responsibilities from the one idea summary.
  • Then we all thought about how the rights and responsibilities apply to us and had a discussion about our thoughts.
  • I shared my thoughts of how the rights and responsibilities apply to certain aspects of my life.
  • Then you also talked about how the rights and responsibilities apply to your life.
  • These rights and responsibilities challenge us to think differently about how we engage with people.
  • They help us to build our self-esteem and assertiveness, so I encourage you to keep them on your mind when engaging with people and always remember that, you have the right to express your views in respectable ways, you have the right to say no sometimes, you have the right to make mistakes sometimes and you’re responsible for your own decisions, others are not responsible for your decisions.

After telling them that, end the session.

End of session

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