Problem DescriptionThe 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.
- The Intention for calling a circle meeting
- Welcome or "start-point" for a circle meeting
- Establishing the center of the circle for a circle meeting
- Check-in / Greeting for a Circle Meeting
- Setting Aggreements for Circle Meetings
- Three Principles and Three Practices of Circle Meetings
- Circle Meetings forms of council: talking piece, conversation and reflection
- Self-Governance and the role of Guardian in Circle Meetings
- Checkout and Farewell in Circle Meetings
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.
- 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
- Christina Baldwin, Peer Spirit
- Ann Linnea, Peer Spirit
- Debbie Dix, Peer Spirit
- Margaret Rode, Peer Spirit
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