These two titles bookend a twenty-five-year career working with Ann Linnea in our company, PeerSpirit, Inc.
The two of us, and our office manager, Debbie Dix, reached out from a small backyard office to the far corners of the world teaching participants and facilitators the collaborative genius of circle practice.
Circle deepens conversation, empowers leadership, and builds cohesion while achieving stated goals. Circle encourages people to weave stories and information and ensures every voice is heard. Circle shifts the “operating system” of power and equalizes interaction so the wisdom in the room can emerge. The book is full of examples, applications, and support.
We acknowledge that Indigenous peoples, despite horrific treatment from white colonization, have preserved the circle pattern in human consciousness. As two white women, we worked to culturally neutralize the principles of circle so that its social structure could be adopted in many situations and honor the cultures present among participants. We are humbled and grateful that circle has survived and its use is reviving.
In 2016, we donated our educational materials to the nonprofit collective: www.thecircleway.net.
The Meeting Master is a quick guide for opening and closing meetings:
A two-page document containing host and participant guidelines is available in 15 languages on TheCircleWay.net site.