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.


Published by Jan Höglund

Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. He shares his reading, book reviews, and learning on his personal blog.

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