The Circle Way: A Leader in
Author: Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea
Published: 2010, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.
Price: US $ 19.95
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After nearly 20 years of pioneering work with their original PeerSpirit Circle Process, Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea have written a legacy contribution to the field of collaborative group practices. With a foreword by Margaret J. Wheatley, The Circle Way illustrates the application and potential of using circle in organizational settings. The book is filled with stories that bring the necessary infrastructure of circle conversation to life with examples from consulting in health care, education, religious and non-profit administration, associations and general business, applying small group transformation and large-scale intervention. Their stories prove the practicality and applicability of circle to lead to sustainable change in a variety of professional settings, including global applications from their training in Europe and Africa as well as North America.
Reviews and Praise:
"A perfect travel guide for all who are committed to making the world a better place. The circle deserves to become an independent field of study, and this book gets that going. Read it."
—Peter Block, author of Stewardship, Flawless Consulting, and Community
"This superb book, put into practice, can transform the way you work and live."
—Parker J. Palmer, founder, Center for Courage & Renewal, and author of A Hidden Wholeness, Let Your Life Speak, and The Courage to Teach
"Practical and poetic, The Circle Way guides us to the heart of hosting conversations that make a difference. It is a terrific contribution to increasing conversational literacy for addressing today's complex and challenging issues."
—Peggy Holman, co-editor and co-author of The Change Handbook
"In this beautifully written book, Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea share the simple elegance of their PeerSpirit circle process and how it can be used in organizational and community settings with powerful impact. We have learned a great deal from the way of the circle as a call to remember our collective capacities to design and host catalytic conversations around the questions that
most matter to our common future."
—Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, cofounders, The World Café
"The Circle Way offers over twenty years of experience by the authors, who share how sitting in a circle allows for optimum self-governance, facilitates quality conversations that make a difference both personally and professionally, and encourages leaders to become more effective within their organizations and communities. Relevant, accessible, practical, and invaluable for all generations."
—Angeles Arrien, PhD, cultural anthropologist and author of The Second Half of Life
Classes, Consulting and Training
Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea train facilitators, coaches, teachers, Human Resource personnel, community leaders—anyone interested in having the skills to hold meetings in PeerSpirit Circle Process. They consult with organizational leadership at all levels to introduce and support the shift to circle-based meetings, self-governance, and innovative strategic planning through circle. In large group settings they offer conference keynotes, often accompanied by follow-on training and workshop experiences.
- Consulting to Circle in Organizational Settings
- Circle Training for Group Process Leaders
- Upcoming Circle Practica Dates
- Conference Keynotes and Workshops
Contact PeerSpirit via email or phone 360-331-3580 for rates and service information.
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About the Authors, Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea
Christina Baldwin is a writer and seminar presenter of 30+ years experience. She has contributed two classic books to the exploration of journal writing, including the well-known classic, Life's Companion, Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice, revised and reissued in 2007 after 100,000 original sales. This work led her to a long study of personal growth and group dynamics and as a result of that experience she wrote Calling the Circle, the First and Future Culture to explore how social container releases needed wisdom. In recognition of the requirement for increased spirituality, she wrote, The Seven Whispers, A Spiritual Practice for Times Like These. Her legacy book, Storycatcher, Making Sense of our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story, reminds readers of the necessity of story to communicate in all areas of professional and personal life. Continuing the exploration of collaborative dialogue, Christina and Ann Linnea wrote a new classic, The Circle Way, A Leader in Every Chair, which documents applications of PeerSpirit Circle Process as a foundational tool for local to global change.
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Ann Linnea began her writing career in Utah, authoring hiking and skiing guides as a U.S. Forest Service naturalist. Ann co-authored the award-winning Teaching Kids to Love the Earth (University of Minnesota Press, 1991). Her memoir, Deep Water Passage, a Spiritual Journey at Mid-Life, (Pocketbook, 1997) chronicles her journey as the first woman to circumnavigate Lake Superior by sea kayak. In 2002 Ann wrote A Journey through the Maxwelton Watershed, (Washington State, Water Quality Grant, 2002). In 2010 she co-authored The Circle Way: A Leader in Every Chair (Berrett-Koehler) with Christina Baldwin. Also out in 2010 is Ann's book, Keepers of the Trees—A Guide to Re-Greening North America (Skyhorse Publishing).
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