The magic of Circles is that once a group jells, loyalty to each other creates a gravitational force that holds the group together. It reinforces the peer pressure that holds you to goals. This same force pulls learners deeper over time, past the superficialities. Learners become more and more open to discovering new things about themselves and each other. And this desire to stay together has business model advantages.
Daniel Hoffman experienced this a few times. It is amazing. Sometimes it is an obvious, specific moment. Someone cries. When it happened during the Aspen Crown Fellows first seminar, Carl Marci diagnosed it out loud “This is a peak experience, people.” Shirzad Chamine offers a more graduated framework for observing the depth of a forum in his seminal paper, “Transformational Forums.” It will be interesting to assess Circle depth, as well as the more traditional SaaS re-subscription rate.
We’ve collected a list of practices and formulas that move a group towards jelling. Each carries a cost in terms of timed and lost learners. Which are the ones to focus on or ignore? How can we design these into our process for optimal cost/benefit? What is missing from the list?
Here’s another take on it from an individual learner’s perspective. (For more about Paul, read his learning journey.)
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