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Stemming from aboriginal cultures, talking circles work to create a safe space for discussion in order to improve relationships and build community. “The process is based on an assumption of equal worth and dignity for all participants and therefore provides equal voice to all participants. Using a circle process is not simply a matter of putting chairs in a circle. Careful preparation is essential to good practice in using circles”. (Pranis, The Circle Keeper’s Handbook)
Circle processes help people establish and share core values. Clarifying these core values allows guidelines to be created. These guidelines help to ensure a safe space in which people feel open to share their thoughts and feelings. Most circles use a talking piece to ensure that every voice is heard.
There are various types of circles: