The following vision was created in 2008 through a collaborative process involving more than 70 people from across the world. Click here learn how to find or start your own Learning Circle
Entire families, communities, and organizations experience positive change from the Appreciative Living Learning Circles as individuals take the practices into their lives. It is like droplets of water falling on a pond–As one person finds more joy it ripples out to affect all those around. More droplets form as more people get involved until the whole world is rippling & sparkling with joy.
It is heartwarming to see people all over the globe facilitating small groups in their homes, businesses, churches, community centers, and other gathering places. In their own voices with their own words and languages, they share the principles and practices of Appreciative Living in personal and meaningful ways that speak to all who have gathered.
Everyone benefits tremendously in the Learning Circles and enjoys the journey. Facilitators experience deeper integration of Appreciative Living into their own lives, as well as the incredible joy of facilitating meaningful positive change for others. Participants learn practical new ideas and tools for creating a better life, and the hope and belief they can do it.
The line between facilitator and participant is almost indistinguishable, as facilitators participate equally and learn right alongside the participants. It is not about “imparting wisdom onto others,” but creating the space for all in the room to find the wisdom within themselves. There is a wonderful honoring of each person’s contribution, and it is magical to watch as people of all ages, nationalities and cultures come together to share their joy.
There are two quotes that capture the essence of what we are doing together. The first is by Victor Hugo:
The second, by Margaret Mead:
The time has come. Let us begin. A better world stands at our doorstep.