Our discussions follow the Great Books Shared Inquiry Method. Participants help one another search for answers to fundamental questions raised by a text. Participants come to the discussion with their own unique way of viewing the selection; they then try to build on their own views through a sharing of ideas.
For a rundown of how Shared Inquiry discussions work, please see our Shared Inquiry page.
Looking for help on leading Shared Inquiry discussions? Great Books of Northern California has created a YouTube channel with videos containing advice on different aspects of leading discussions:
The Northern California Council occasionally publishes an e-newsletter with news and ideas especially for discussion leaders: