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Experiential introduction to We are Open Circle - Berkeley Meetup

  • Wework 2120 University Avenue Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)

Meeting the challenges and joys of thriving in a networked environment.

We are Open Circle consults, trains and mentors leaders, organizations and community groups. Our work assists them to adapt within a world that is moving rapidly from hierarchies of power to circles and networks of responsibility, care, and engagement.

Miriam and Adam, who have both led organizations through this shift, and have learned the joys and challenges of doing so, offer this 2 hour exploration.  You will have an experience of the foundational tools they teach in organizations in group listening practice and decision making.

Traditional organizational and leadership training tends towards teaching people and organizations how to be the masters of their destinies - knowing what they want and having a plan to get there. Adopting the existing dominant systems of policy, interpersonal practices, and governance often leave well-intentioned socially aware organizations and communities to become lost in politics, power struggles and overworked burnout.

Our work assists in developing deeper relationship with the diversity surrounding us and learning to respond and adapt to it. We then introduce processes and practices for groups to creatively restructure themselves and rebalance to meet the specific challenges in our environments. We focus on:

1/ groups ability to listen to each other and what is needed at that moment in the environment (emergence),

2/ ability to use tensions to create growth

3/ clarity and alignment in decision making and organizational structures (enouraging combining both circle based structures with traditional management hierarchy)

Why is this urgent now?

The complexity and urgency of the problems we are facing in the world today are beyond any one person or organization - they require us to work together collaboratively across boundaries. Most of us know this already, but the ways we work and organize has remained stagnant and often creates more separation.  

In working with We are Open Circle I experienced the way my personal transformation can inspire the evolution of our business. The way WOC creates transformation is a big deal. They walk the talk – they have done it and are living it.

Jennifer Sweeney, Co-Founder, X4 Health