In this issue of the Circling Guide Newsletter (a lot to cover here):
- The Circling Federation is being formed!
- Circling Guide, 2nd Edition release (please do me a favor and review it)
- ART International and Circling Europe resume in-person courses
- Join me at Level Up Circling Facilitation training
- Authentic Relating, Intentional Community and Eco-Villages: a personal check-in
- New connection entrepreneur networking group launches: VYVE
1. The Circling Federation is now formed
The Circling Federation, holding the newly awarded trademarks for Circling™ and Circling Method™, is now formed as an association between three major circling schools: The Circling Institute, Circling Europe, and Robert MacNaughton’s Integral Centered Leadership.
The trademark application was approved in April of 2020 and led to considerable controversy in the community. In the end and as a result of these discussions, the Circling Institute who requested the trademark agreed to transfer it to an association of the current major schools. Some of us think that this is a much better result than was originally proposed, and congruent with the idea of Circling as a partnership and collective emergence. It is possible going forward, however, that it will be necessary to pay royalty fees for running “Circling”, and/or that providers who are not graduates of the 3 founding schools will be barred entirely from using the brand name.
As a representative of the school of “cowboy circling” myself (meaning: let’s all go out and lead as best we can, humbly apologizing for the mistakes that all beginner leaders make), I wasn’t initially too happy with the change. However, it does seem fair that the 3 groups who worked hardest and longest to build up the Circling practice (Robert MacNaughton stepping in on behalf of the now-defunct Boulder Integral Center) would own the trademark. As such, I wish success to the new Federation, and hope that this will be a positive step for the Authentic Relating movement as a whole. To note that “Authentic Relating” will remain forever an open-source brand, and others are rebranding under “Relational Leadership” and similar words.
2. Circling Guide, 2nd Edition release (please do me a favor and review it)
I have released a 2nd Edition of the Circling Guide to print, Kindle and audiobook. It contains new chapters with significantly expanded content and contexts, including my attempt to place Circling within the currently exploding “we-space movement”, distinctions between Circling and NVC, between Circling and Authentic Relating, description of the modality we created called Developmental Circling (the name may need to change), updated sample leader formats, and more.
Can you do me a favor? If you liked the first edition, or else are able to skim the new edition, please review it on Amazon, as I lost all the reviews in the edition upgrade. Also, now that the Circling Guide is here to stay (it’s 3 years old after all), I want to do some marketing of it (oh, horrors!) and perhaps find a publisher. If you have any ideas about that, please reply to this mail.
3. ART International and Circling Europe resume in-person courses
I continue to be amazed at the scope and vitality of ART and Circling Europe. Also, I took an ART Level 1 in January/February and it was fantastic. Highly recommended.
4. Join me at Level Up Circling Facilitation training!
I had a very good talk with the folks at Austin Circling Studio (who now run CircleAnywhere as well) about the Level Up Circling Training. To make a long story short, I was sold! For the price ($500/mth x 8) it’s an incredible value in terms of both personal guidance and group work. And you can apply for certification at the end! I intend to start as soon as I settle down from my travels (see below).
Maybe you want to join me? Circling is always more fun with your friends 🙂 .
5. Authentic Relating, Intentional Community and Eco-Villages: a personal check-in
I have always thought of residential intentional communities and eco-villages as the leading edge (“rubber hits the road”) of human culture. Well, I have finally surrendered to the inevitable and am starting a tour of intentional communities with the goal of finding one to settle down.
If you want to read more and/or follow my journeys there, you can subscribe to my Author blog. And if you are also passionate about bringing Authentic Relating into intentional communities and eco-villages, I am forming an interest group which may end up running Developmental Groups for free or cheap. If interested, subscribe to the Manifesting Community site.
6. New connection entrepreneur networking group launches: VYVE
In April I joined new network called VYVE, which is a kind of professional development network for connection entrepreneurs of all stripes, be they Authentic Relating, NVC, producers for parties or corporate events, dance DJ’s, professional educators, corporate consultants, and more. I think this group fulfills an important function, of providing support and connection for the facilitators, many of us being quite lonely ourselves (surprise, surprise). Jacques has put together an amazing group of global entrepreneurs and connection facilitators, and I recommend you read the vision (Note: it’s not necessary to pay for a subscription, there is a free option).
Jacques has an infectious enthusiasm, a great deal of energy and is an excellent writer. You will be hearing more about this, as the month I spent there really changed me (I will resume with VYVE when I settle down from my travels)