Circles focus the energy for change.
Circle Process enables us to look deeply at What Is with critical mindfulness and joy, and opens the space for what is emerging: in personal relationships, in team collaborations, and in leadership.
In 14 years of facilitating with Circle Process, I’ve watched countless blocked or conflicted relationships evolve into long-standing collaborations, and collaboration teams realise breakthrough innovations by opening new kinds of possibility: in federally-binding Indigenous-intergovernmental Land-Use Planning agreements; in multi-sector, First Nation & Municipal Territorial & Provincial policy change; in design teams for internationally awarded collaboration software development; in documentary film storymaking; in community gatherings seeking non-violence and peaceful accord amongst families and neighbours, with BC Community Response Networks.
In Circle Process, paradoxes become innovation, relationships and roles become clear, complexity finds home, creation emerges, and the energy for change gathers and aligns. Practiced worldwide in conflict zones, in restorative justice, in community collaboration and in business, Circle Process is a tool for organizations who want to work with system clarity and innovation, trust and groundedness, and decisions that stick.
For conflict resolution and restorative justice, Talking Circles are the peacemaking container, where the people affected exchange perspectives, explore diverse truths and fundamental needs, shift understanding, and create new actions and ways of connecting.
In creative collaborations, Circle Process explores and expands diverse perspectives, makes space for the juice of play and What If, and builds a field that enables what’s possible to emerge as a whole, detailed and full.
In business and organizational development, Circle Process builds team coherence and role clarity, simplifies complex interdependence, reveals strategic resonance, enables effective decisions, and catalyses challenges into the energy for shifting organizational blocks.
Circle work is a container that enables both difference and alignment. It enables trust in complexity, plain truths and innovating what’s possible. It integrates critical mindfulness and diverse engagement; differentiation and attunement amongst partners and members; reveals the implicit narratives in True, Truer, and Truest; and taps into the energy for change of massive systems, structures, beliefs, and norms.
SAMPLE Projects with Circle Process:
The Restoring Circles Project was created in Circle. The founding group worked through Circle Process for 4 years, enabling deep Indigenous-ally collaboration, interweaving of diverse needs and teachings, and trusted decision-making. Circle process is now its foundation teaching, being applied with both communities, and organizational leadership.
As a Regional Mentor with BC Community Response Networks, I engaged Circle Process to facilitate collaborative protocols for relationship violence intervention between first responders, police, hospital, social work, civic, education and community sectors in 5 Municipalities across Metro Vancouver, 2012-2017.
Facilitating the Yukon Regional RoundTable for 3 years, I based our process in Circle work, to bridge historic divides between First Nation and Municipal leaderships. In Circle, representatives became collaborators with shared interests, diverse ways of doing, intersecting resources, and a formidable critical mass.
At the The Story of Becoming Conference in Seattle, facilitating Circle Process as a conference system enabled emerging B-Corps, agencies from marginalized communities, and big businesses, including Microsoft, to frame new narratives of collaboration, and strike partnerships for social enterprises that engaged youth-at-risk, international design teams, and small businesses in long-stream mentorship and business development.