E38: The trajectory of a collaborative circle

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Collaborative circles don't have a smooth trajectory toward creative breakthrough. I describe the more common trajectory. I also do a little speculation on how a circle's "shared vision" consists of goals, habits, and "anti-trigger words." I also suggest that common notions of trust or psychological safety may not be fine-grained enough to understand circle-style creative breakthroughs.

I continue to work from Michael P. Farrell, Collaborative Circles: Friendship Dynamics and Creative Work, 2001.


"Bright and dull cows"
Sam Kaner, Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, 1996
Brian Marick, "Seven Years Later: What the Agile Manifesto Left Out", 2008

Image credits

The image is of a route map for a particular cave complex in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, USA. There is not a nice linear path from the starting point to (any) destination. This is also true of creative work, like collaborative circles. The image is in the public domain.
E38: The trajectory of a collaborative circle
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