Circle Arounds are one of our favorite visual thinking tools. When we bring them to a team work session, creativity sparks, connections are discovered, and deeper understanding happens in a short period of time. It is the holistic, simplicity of a circle that supports gathering themes, brainstorming ideas, mind mapping. It also allows freedom to choose where to go deeper into connections to engage the group.
The BIGGER the BETTER for a Circle Around. Wall size is what we like to use, 4′ x 3′ – on the walls or on the tables. With one circle around there is a focal point and with several, there can be a conversation cafe.
Imagine what you and your team of ideators will learn if the work in small groups with a circle around, then step back and see the patterns, move from table to table (or wall to wall), have discussion about the common connections and themes, bring your seed ideas into focus, and converge on the top most intriguing or most stretching ideas … and then create action steps.
We just love CIRCLE AROUND templates. Magic!