What is a Virtual Living Group?
When executive ed students attend programs on HBS compass, 8 students share a living room and form a learning group. With the help of some structure, coaching and action learning assignments, the intentional diversity of the group becomes a strength. They learn from each other and push each other. The Virtual Living Group program replicates this popular element of the HBS experience online.
How It Works
Each session is designed for impact and efficiency. Live facilitators can guide the interactions
The experience takes place in a purpose-built space that shakes people out of their daily mindset as if they were on campus
Unique technology makes it easier to organize groups and measure outcomes
These highly engaged groups continue learning between and after modules, applying concepts to actual challenges. Along the way, leaders get better at facilitating inclusive, trusted, dialogue themselves.
A space to connect
Circles comes from the age-old tradition of storytelling and gathering as a community. The Circl.es System™ enables the same kind of human connection, virtually. The video space is perfect for hosting facilitated, inclusive sessions. The unique setting and features shake small groups out of the day-to-day and into intentional dialogue about their most important challenges. Once a circle “jells” they continuously meet to apply and practice, engaging over months instead of days.
What others have to say
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Why not use my standard corporate video platform?
Circl.es is not a full corporate video platform any more that our Harvard Live Online Classroom is. It is a deliberate setting designed for a specific interaction. The Circles Video space is just a web page, and does not require participants to use an app. It allows the program team to provide structure to the sessions, and to measure outcomes, so all participants have a consistently high-quality experience.
How many people are in a circle?
Virtual living groups can have 8 people, but are effective with as few as five or six. Sometimes we reduce the size of groups because they spend less time together virtually than traditional living groups.
Is it secure?
The Circl.es video space is designed to host highly confidential conversations. Entry is only through a unique link per participant. There is no recording or observing sessions. No participant data is stored beyond name and email.
How much does it cost?
Your program design team will work with you on the components of session design, facilitation and logistics of a Circles program.
Does my corporate technology group need to be involved?
Usually not. The Circl.es video space is a place you go, not an application you run. It is similar to the Harvard Live Online Classroom. It is possible that some organizations will have firewalls that block access to certain 3rd party sites. If this is the case, and you are not able to use a personal computer to access Circl.es, we are happy to send the instructions to your corporate IT department to remove these blocks.