We are open circle
as a place to explore the way groups come together and apart, to share our experiences, to ask questions, and create connection and meaning.
Our story is one of the interweaving of doubts and joy, experiential research, practice and integration. Adam, an eclectic mix of business executive and teacher, and Miriam, a successful and innovative entrepreneur and mother of three, looking for another way for her work and her life. We met in a yoga room, became close friends, and went on to do a number of experiments that bring new paradigm thinking into for-profit, non-profit, and community working structures.
Together, we are exploring the unique integration of our individual and group consciousness practices with our experience of community and organizational development, learning, and transformation. From the very beginning, we shared a fascination with how organizations and communities can facilitate a transformational process through the way they work together.
What we believe
We believe that
thriving people = thriving companies = thriving world.
No one wants to just perform in what they do—people want to thrive. And when people thrive, they change the way work gets done and change our world in the process.
An organization is a dynamic living system that evolves when there is a strong foundation for people and systems—being both strong and flexible—to meet the cycles of transformation.
An evolutionary organization participates in creating a world in which it is possible to live with genuine and joyful fulfillment without harm, and in harmony with each other and our environment.
Adam has spent much of his life exploring human culture in living communities, dynamic organizations, and through wisdom tradition. He has an MBA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Modern Literary Studies from UC Santa Cruz. He has been a non-profit executive director and has taught workshops in transformative education, practicing in the US and internationally. For years he worked involved paradigm-shifting rehabilitative programming in California State prisons. He has studied group facilitation from masters in the field. He is the director of Mysore Oakland, a center for applied yoga practice and wisdom, and founder of We are Open Circle.
Adams clients have included the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Esalen Institute, Snapchat, Canva, La Coordinadora of El Salvador, major Los Angeles private schools, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, the Theosophical Society, the Tarzana Treatment Center, the Unitarian Universalist Church, and others.
“Adam has so much to offer—he is so committed and effective. The core of who he is and what he is training others to do is really profound. His dedication to life is both amazing and inspiring. Adam has been effective at guiding leaders to utilize the listening circle methods within our specific organizational dynamic. So often, trainers keep the training to the one day and then are off in a flurry of handouts that gather guilty dust. I know I can reach out to Adam to help me accomplish anything within the organization.”
— Tamara Hlava, VP of People and Culture, Column Five
Miriam Joy Jones
Miriam is known as a thought leader in the area of transformational education, cultural change, and leadership.
After developing a dual interest in business and education, Miriam began designing and delivering leadership programs and change efforts for organizations across the globe. Miriam is an experienced entrepreneur who has founded and led several organizations, from not-for-profits to corporations to co-operatives.
In efforts to look for new forms that could inform her organizational work and the changes she was witnessing in the world, Miriam turned her focus to learning forms influenced by indigenous nature-based cultures and societies: circle listening and healing practices, circle governance and rite of passage, and nature-based rituals. The combination of this training plus her background in organizational development and leadership led to her involvement as a board member then co-executive director of The Ojai Foundation. Miriam is a partner in We are Open Circle, a founder of Mireya (a not-for-profit women’s leadership community), and is currently on the board for Gaia Girls.
Miriam has worked with clients across industries and forms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Coates, Coca-Cola Amatil, Ernst & Young, Snapchat, Canva, Inversion Yoga, B-corporation, Wilderness Torah, among others.