Community Circles use a circle format to allow participants to discuss issues, sharing their point of view. Topics can be silly or serious, quick or complex, single or innumerable.
Some community circles are planned out in detail beforehand, with lists of questions and topics that follow a particular theme. Others can be assembled quickly and almost spontaneously according to the needs of the group.
No matter what, all of our circle keepers follow careful protocols to ensure safety and build comfort within the space. They are trained in widely-accepted standards for circle keeping that help ensure that the process is secure, productive, and often fun. All circles follow a predictable format of openings and closing activities to create and dissolve the space, with clear rules and expectations for appropriate behavior.
This restorative practice creates bonds between community members, whether they be coworkers or students in a school community. It can be an excellent preventive measure to decrease instances of conflict and harm, and offer a format for resolving differences cooperatively.