The Convening Wheel

The Convening Wheel is a way to visualize the nine aspects of convening which are described in depth in The Art of Convening: Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings, and Conversations by Craig and Patricia Neal with Cynthia Wold:

  • At the Heart of the Matter. Who I am in relationship with others.
  • Clarifying Intent. The alignment of our intention with the purpose of our engagement.
  • The Invitation. A sincere offering to engage that integrates purpose and intent.
  • Setting Context. Communicating the form, function. and purpose of our engagement and intent.
  • Creating the Container. Creating the physical and energetic field within which we meet.
  • Hearing All the Voices. Each person speaks, is heard. and is present and accounted for.
  • Essential Conversation. Meaningful exchange within an atmosphere of trust.
  • Creation. Something new that emerges from engagements of shared purpose and trust.
  • Commitment to Action. An individual and/or collective agreement to be responsible and accountable for the way forward.



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