Dialogue Circles are shared explorations towards greater understanding and meaning. They are conversations in which participants make a conscious attempt to suspend their assumptions, refrain from debate, and instead focus on both individual and group learning. Participants speak from experience and release the need for specific outcome. This process builds a learning environment in which conversations can take on a sacred quality and in which change can be readily occur.
Dialogue Circles been used as an ongoing community building exercise, a regular pre‑meeting activity, a means of building vision statements, as a conflict resolution tool, and as an alternative to traditional focus groups. Some of the organizations that have utilized Dialogue Circles include AT&T, the American Association of University Women, Creighton University, Hoechst Celanese, Pennsylvania Protection and Advocacy, Princeton University, and the New Jersey Supreme Court Task Force on Minority Concerns.