About the fishbowl format
A fishbowl is a type of moderated discussion which allows for many different voices to be heard, by allowing participants to enter and exit the conversation in an organic way. It works especially well in an online format and it is well suited to issues where there are many different perspectives and no one right answer.
The conversation starts between 3–4 initial participants in the middle of the group, guided by a moderator. Other speakers and audience members listen to the discussion.
There is also an empty chair (obviously, a virtual one in this case). When another speaker or an audience member wants to contribute, they take the empty chair and join the conversation. At this point, one of the initial speakers drops out, leaving their chair empty. They can rejoin later if they want to contribute again.
This process continues, with speakers joining and leaving the conversation as they wish, adding different perspectives.