For the successful beginning of a learning process we suggest to keep three standard building blocks in mind. Some need assessment is suggested, then an activity on personalities, expectations, and expertise. Before starting with more in-depth work, the common principles of cooperation need to be clarified together or made transparent by the facilitator.
Another basic issue is to shape the ground for good collaboration. A space for deep and holistic learning requires trust, transparency and the cooperation of all people involved. This includes the basic rules or working principles, with a collective negotiation of these rules, and as well learning the names through "name games".
Here we want to show some methods, how you can get to know the already existing knowledge within the group you work with, their preferred learning styles, their learning goals. It is as well the place where facilitators present their goals and offer a space for re-arrangement or negotiation.