The Circle Way: a process for meetings

This solution addresses non-generative meetings in the world for meeting participants

  • Components of a circle

Problem Description

The Circle approach to meetings was created to help anyone to change the meetings they attend or lead to create space to raise challenging issues and to call meetings where people speak honestly, listen sincerely, and act wisely.

Building Blocks

Story

The circle, or council, is an ancient form of meeting that has gathered human beings into respectful conversation for thousands of years. The circle has served as the foundation for many cultures. What transforms a meeting into a circle is the willingness of people to shift from informal socializing or opinionated discussion into a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening and to embody and practice the structures outlined here.

Photos

  • Components of a circle

Resources

  • Basic Guidelines of Calling a Circle

    This handout is a gift from PeerSpirit, Inc. an educational company devoted to life and leadership through Circle, Quest and Story. Founded in 1994, PeerSpirit has taught circle process in the US, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It is a consortium consisting of Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea and teaching colleagues with areas of expertise in health care administration, religious/church administration and congregational health, education, nonprofit boards, environmental and community revisioning.

  • Peer Spirit Website

Contributed By

  • Christina Baldwin, Peer Spirit
  • Ann Linnea, Peer Spirit
  • Debbie Dix, Peer Spirit
  • Margaret Rode, Peer Spirit

Solution Stage

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Strong leadership, management, implementation skills
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  • Programme design
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  • Organisational design
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A robust and detailed case developed through formal evaluation and evidence gathering – use of a control group to isolate impact
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