Resources

Conversation Circle Resources

Tools | Links | Guides | Cafes | Books

Tools: (on this site)

Flash Movie on Conversations Circles

Weblinks:

circles:

Coaching:

  • SeasonedCoachesCircles.com ~ Using the conversation circle to bring seasoned coaches together in community to strengthen the larger coaching community.

Leadership:

Guides:

Conversation Cafes:

Books:

  • Turning to One Another Turning To One Another: Simple Conversations To Restore Hope To The Future by Margaret J. Wheatley
    Want to start having real conversations with people?- get this book!
    Here are some questions, conversation starters, and beliefs that Wheatley offers that resonated deeply with me and I hope you as well:
    “Are you becoming someone you respect?”
    “Do you feel a vocation to be fully human?”
    “The cure for dispair is not hope. It’s discovering (and conversing about) what we want to do about something we care about.”
  • Salons: The Joy of Conversation by Utne ReaderSalons: The Joy of Conversation

    from Amazon Description: Salons offers a fascinating history of the salon and supplies all the tools readers need to join or start a group of their own. Variations on the salon theme are explored, from studious book clubs and book circles to creativity salons, and finally online saloning. A closing chapter looks at salons as bedrocks for activism and institutions for keeping social consciousness alive for the long-haul.– Utne Reader Editors and Jaida N’Ha Sandra, Jon Spayde

  • Calling the Circle: The First and Future Culture by Christa BaldwinCalling the Circle: The First and Future Culture

    By Christina Baldwin
    Christina is probably the formost expert on peer circles.
    from Amazon Description: The original small-press edition of Calling the Circle has become one of the key resources for the rapidly-growing “circle” movement. This newly revised edition brings Christina Baldwin’s groundbreaking work to an even broader audience ranging from women’s spirituality groups to corporate development teams.

  • Salons: The Joy of Conversation by Utne ReaderThe World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter

    by Juanita Brown, David Isaacs, Corld Cafe Community, Margaret J. Wheatley, Peter Senge
    The key resource for learning about Conversation Cafes.  A how-to guide to Conversation Cafes.  From the back cover: The World Cafe is a flexible, easy to use process for fostering collaborative dialogue, sharing mutual knowledge, and discovering new opportunities for action.  based on living systems thinking, this innovative approach creates dynamic networks of conversation that can catalyze an organization’s or community’s own collective intelligence around its most important questions.

  • Six Thinking Hats
    by Edward De Bono; 173pages
    De Bono resets the way meetings function to communicate information, brainstorm and create new ideas. It has been nearly 15 years since it was first published. The revised edition brings in real world examples of this work with phenomenal success. Using this method he shows how what would have been a frustrating four hour meeting can be reduced to 45 minutes with impact and intention. I have personally combined Six Thinking Hats and Conversation Circles to effectively lead board, team, and R&D meeting with much success.
    For a full review check out Six Thinking Hats Review