Solution Circles

Solution Circles Small
Vela is launching Solution Circles: A virtual monthly meetup brainstorming solutions for common challenges Microboards and Individualized Funding recipients face. Each month we will focus on a specific topic, such as respite, staffing, funding, etc., and we will discuss what people find challenging, what other people are doing, and how we can create solutions together.
Upcoming Event: Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Time: 7:00 PST
Topic: We will discuss how to maximize respite options during COVID-19. If you or someone you know is struggling with respite OR you have come up with some creative solutions during this time, we invite you to join us and share your input.
How Solution Circles Work:
(This event layout is based on the amazing work of Jack Pearpoint and Marsha Forest)
Step One:
(6 minutes) The facilitator will have 6 uninterrupted minutes to outline the problem. Everyone else (the brainstormers) listens. If the facilitator stops talking before the six minutes is over, everyone else stays silent until the 6 minutes pass. This is key! The facilitator gets 6 uninterrupted minutes.
Step Two:
(12 minutes) This is a brainstorm. Everyone chimes in with ideas about creative solutions to what they just heard. It is not a time to clarify the problem or to ask questions. It is not a time to give speeches, lectures or advice. The facilitator must make sure this is a brainstorm. Everyone gets a chance to state their brilliant ideas. No one must be allowed to dominate. Everyone listens – without interrupting.
Step Three:
(15 minutes) The group will have a dialogue led by the facilitator. This is time to explore and clarify the problem. Focus on the positive points only and not what can’t be done.
Step Four:
(10 minutes) The First Step. The group will decide on first steps that are doable within the next three days. At least ONE step should be initiated within 24 hours. This is critical. Research shows that unless a first step is taken almost immediately, people do not get out of their ruts. Everyone that has shared their email will get a report back on the first step.
Step Five:
(10 minutes) What will be the longer-term steps? Should we/when should we reconnect for updates on this process and moving things forward?