Talking Circles are a 60- or 90-minute sharing group to strengthen listening skills, empathy, and create psychological safety in your organization. I developed the HS Talking Circle after studying various kinds of sharing groups, including Indigenous Peoples Talking Circles, Quaker meetings, 12-step programs, and consensus-based discussion models. I created the principles and guidelines for a Human Systems Talking Circle to meet the needs of both personal and professional systems.
Talking Circles can also be used as a powerful systems assessment tool. I use qualitative research techniques to analyze recordings from Talking Circle sessions; these analyses reveal both systems challenges and possible pathways to solutions.
Talking Circles are most effective when they are conducted on a regular basis with consistent participation.