See also Conversatorio / Le talk-show
The chat show encourages participants to share experiences in an informal, fun environment. Because it requires minimal preparation of participants, the chat show can be initiated in a workshop where participants don't yet know each other or the organisers. The chat show's open circle layout encourages greater participation than a fishbowl and, due to its informal nature, and is less intimidating than a panel discussion.
The chat show as a knowledge sharing methodology was developed collaboratively by Allison Hewlitt (Bellanet), Geoff Barnard and Catherine Fisher (IDS) and used during the “Knowledge Sharing for Development: Africa Regional Program” workshop organised by GDN in February 2005.
From Hewlitt, Barnard and Fisher:
Chairs to seat audience and guests are laid out in a semi-circle, double semi-circle if necessary. A chair for the host is placed at the front with guest chairs alongside.
Nancy's tips for chat show hosts http://www.fullcirc.com/wp/2008/09/15/tips-for-chattalk-show-hosts/