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The Art of Convening by Patricia Neal, Craig Neal

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5. CREATING THE CONTAINER

Creating the physical and energetic field within which we meet

WHY A CONTAINER?

Creating the Container is about providing an environment for our gathering that is enlivened, has boundaries, and is safe. When the participants of our gathering feel honored as human beings and encircled in safety, authentic engagement can emerge. In order to achieve this, we pay attention to the space, both energetic and physical, in which we will be “held” during the duration of the meeting.

It is important that we prepare both of these spaces, or fields, so that we have an inner and an outer container to hold the gathering.

The inner, ...

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