The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair

by Christina Baldwin, Ann Linnea. Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010.

“C-I-R-C-L-E: it means something; it is a way to get somewhere else than where we are.” So say The Circle Way trainers, cofounders of {{PeerSpirit, Inc. |}}, and authors Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea. Circles of conversation are an ancient group practice that produces “collaborative teachers” and “empowered learners.” The authors explore the circle’s history and its role as an archetype. This book describes The Circle Way, a group process developed by Baldwin and Linnea. The process’s rationale and its power as a catalyst for change are explored. Detailed instructions for how The Circle Way works are offered, such as preparation, the roles of participants, and the boundaries or “structure” for the conversation itself. This secular resource is beautifully written. It is appropriate for those from any religious tradition who seek new ways to be to collaborate and make decisions.