Group Dynamics, Small Groups and Community Building
More than 3,100,000 people have viewed this website. Jerry Hampton, author of this website is now 79 years old. He retired from doing the Community Building workshops in 2010 because he had enough travel in his life. He continues to do considerable small group work close to where he lives, as well as some consulting of small businesses. If you want to know more about Jerry's background, click here:
Jerry L. Hampton This is an index of group exercises and writings for group dynamics. They can be used or adapted for many types of groups. Some exercises are done individually but processed in the larger group. There are also poems, stories, wisdom, and discussions that can be helpful with group dynamics. No articles are known to be copyrighted except by the site owner and one article copyrighted by Time Inc. You may make one copy of any item for your own use or multiple copies for educational use with credit given the website. Please write if you desire to use articles in any published work.
The Fall issue of the Creative Learning Exchange’s newsletter announces the development of mini-lessons using their new apps. These new System Dynamics apps, based on models created by John Heinbokel and Society member Jeff Potash, were developed in a collaboration with BTN, the Center for Interdisciplinary Excellence in System Dynamics, and the Creative Learning Exchange. You can download “RETIRE RICH” and “POPULATION PLANNER” App Mini-Lessons for free on the Google Play or iTunes Store. Learn more about the apps in The Exchange newsletter. Member’s Article Published on Huffington Post Website (September 13, 2017)
A reference group is a type of group that people use to evaluate themselves. The main objectives of reference groups are to seek social validation and social comparison. Social validation allows individuals to justify their attitudes and values while social comparison helps individuals evaluate their own actions by comparing themselves to others. Reference groups have a strong influence on members’ behavior. Such groups are formed voluntarily. Family, friends, and religious affiliations are strong reference groups for most individuals.