A foundation and starting point for all development activities – ground rules structure a safe place for people to work, challenge each other, learn and experiment . The clearer and deeper the rules, the more impactful they can be on creating a high quality learning environment. They are key for making learning inclusive. Core ones are, of course, confidentiality, timekeeping, listening actively, speaking clearly, checking for understanding. I also use: respect for difference, challenge of discriminatory language, assumptions and behaviour , openness to learning from other participants ( and this includes me as a trainer), fun, risk taking and stepping away from being too comfortable in order to learn, experimentation, watching how much air space you take up ( men can take up a lot more than women ), noticing when others don’t speak much and more. My aim is to offer all participants, in activities I run, a great place to learn together .