The Circle Way is a methodology that supports inclusive meetings, groups and conversations that welcome diverse opinions, promote mutual understanding, and discover meaningful and wise solutions. In this workshop we will demonstrate the components of circle as a way to create an environment and container for working together that is productive and intentional. The principles and practices of The Circle Way offer the safety needed to encourage genuine contribution and creativity. The experiential design of the workshop will foster our capacity to handle uncertainty, complexity, conflict, hurt and trauma. We will explore the practical range of applications of The Circle Way including regular meetings, social group work, community engagement gatherings, and more. We will also focus on how to use The Circle Way in decision making; to clear the ‘shadow’ that emerges in groups and organizations; and to be responsive to traumatic events in our communities.
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Our work on leading Transformative Meetings is based on the teachings from the book The Circle Way – A Leader in Every Chair, by Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. We recommend participants obtain a copy for their own use before, during and after the workshop.
Amanda Fenton has a diverse background in human resources, learning design, and leadership and management development. She is an experienced designer and facilitator of meetings, gatherings, conferences and more, using participatory dialogue processes to cultivate the connections and collective intelligence needed to address the complex situations we face today. She’s a group process artist who draws from methods such as Open Space Technology, World Cafe, The Circle Way, Collective Story Harvest and others.
Nancy Fritsche Eagan works with People Potential on leadership and organizational development initiatives. She partners primarily with the public and social sectors and uses Art of Hosting tools and technologies to co-design and co-facilitate conversations. Nancy works to foster collaborative and inclusive processes that focus on purpose, process, results, and impact. She practices PeerSpirit’s The Circle Way, appreciative inquiry, open space, world café, storytelling, project management and other participatory and engagement tools.
Mayra Lopez, LMSW, is Director of Trauma-Informed Programming at Good Shepherd Services in NYC. She has worked in the social services and education fields for over 25 years. She designs and hosts trauma-based trainings and provides consultation and coaching to programs and multi-disciplinary staff on trauma-based interventions. She is an apprentice of the Art of Hosting and The Circle Way.
Alex Cukier is a learning and development professional, specializing in the design and delivery of meaningful experiences for personal and professional growth at EILEEN FISHER, Inc. She co-leads initiatives related to employee growth and engagement. As a facilitator she has experience with PeerSpirit Circle, World Cafe, Design Thinking, Open Space Technology, and using the arts for collaboration. Alex has a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.