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Hosting Circle Online

We’re going into the last week of The Circle Way Deep Dive with Tenneson Woolf now, and it’s been a fabulous ride. Last week our focus was on subtleties, and the group was all over it. Part of our conversation centered (ha!) on how to host circle online, or in other environments where you can’t actually SEE the circle.

Time restraints made it challenging to really go into anything but the most immediate ideas then, so I’m bringing the overflow of my response here where we can keep talking if there is interest.

First, looking at circle as a shape – a round or circular form with a center and a circumference – reveals some interesting patterns that map across spatial limitations.

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The “Lineage” of Questions

I recorded this video of one of my very favorite people in the world, Helen Titchen-Beeth, when my colleague FireHawk Hulin and I were interviewing her for the World Cafe’s 20th Anniversary celebrations (clicking the link will download the 1.8M Harvest Report).

The exchange in this short excerpt particularly took my fancy, as Helen was having great fun describing the impact of powerful questions, digging back into the lineage to find the “mother of all questions”. Full disclosure compels me to say Helen had just had a bicycle accident and was laid up in bed recovering, which makes me wonder if perhaps pain killers had a hand in the hilarity?? No matter – for all that her comments are very funny, they are also very wise. (I love it when that happens!)

Harvesting Our Courses


One of the things I am particularly excited about in the work Rowan and I are doing is our commitment to harvesting the experience and results of our courses, so that what we are learning together can be shared more broadly. To wax poetic, our intent is to distribute the results of each crop (course), so that it can be eaten (used) and in so doing return again and again (in an ongoing learning loop) to the collective soil that nourishes us all (the collective).

This commitment to sharing our collective discoveries takes many forms, and showed up at a variety of levels in our recent Harvesting & Collective Sense-Making course. At one level there was the formal Compendium we designed for course participants, built from extensive notes taken in each of the nine sessions. (This document is currently being formatted into a concise WorkBook we’ll be making available to the public).

At another level there was the significant number of “harvesters” we invited to pay attention at the meta-level and share what they were seeing. This commitment is reflected also in our relationship with Viola Tschendel who provided a visual “red thread” to the process with her insightful and distinctive “potato people” graphic harvesting.

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