C1 Understanding the purpose of a group

Understanding how a group works can be rather like understanding how an onion is made!

  • All we see of the onion is the outside layer unless we cut it open and see the different layers inside. All we usually see of a group are the people and the resources they have.
  • But if we want to try and understand the group, we have to peel away the layers until we reach the centre to learn about their vision and values.


  • Discuss the different groups participants are aware of. Try to work out how much you know about them. It will probably be easier to fill in the outer layer or two, but much harder to work out what should be at the centre.
  • How often do groups start working with the outer layers before they have worked out their central vision? What problems will this bring? What happens if the central vision changes?