Article – Exploring Solution Circles

Solution circles are a way to bring people together to solve problems or challenges in a positive and helpful way.

It’s like gathering a group of people to work together and find creative solutions to a problem.

Here’s how solution circles work:

1. Identifying the problem: First, everyone in the circle talks about the problem or challenge that needs to be solved. It could be a problem at school, home, or even in the community. Everyone gets a chance to share their thoughts and concerns about the issue.

2. Sharing ideas: Next, the people in the circle start sharing their ideas and suggestions on how to solve the problem. It’s like a brainstorming session, where everyone’s ideas are valued and listened to. This creates a space for creativity and different perspectives.

3. Finding common ground: As the ideas are shared, the group looks for common themes or similarities in the suggestions. They try to find the ideas that resonate with everyone and could potentially solve the problem. This helps narrow down the options and focus on feasible solutions.

4. Making a plan: Once the group has identified a few potential solutions, they discuss how to put those ideas into action. They create a plan that outlines the steps needed to solve the problem. This plan may include tasks for each person in the circle to contribute to the solution.

5. Taking action: The group then starts implementing the plan. Each person in the circle takes on their assigned tasks or responsibilities to work towards solving the problem. It’s like a team effort, with everyone contributing their skills and efforts to make a positive change.

6. Reflecting and evaluating: After some time, the group comes back together to reflect on the progress made and evaluate the effectiveness of the solutions. They discuss what worked well and what could be improved. This helps them learn from the experience and make adjustments if needed.

Solution circles empower people to come together and use their collective wisdom and ideas to solve problems. By listening to each other, valuing different perspectives, and working collaboratively, solution circles can bring about positive change and help create a better environment for everyone involved.


  • Using Solution Circles to Enhance School Climate and Reduce Problem Behaviour” by Ogden, P., & Evans, M. (2001). This study found that solution circles were effective in reducing problem behaviour in schools. The study involved 12 schools in the United Kingdom, and it found that solution circles led to a significant decrease in problem behaviour, as well as an increase in positive behaviour.
  • “Solution Circles: A Promising Approach for Addressing School Discipline Issues” by Forrest, L., & Pearpoint, J. (2004). This article reviews the research on solution circles and their effectiveness in addressing school discipline issues. The article concludes that solution circles are a promising approach, and that they have the potential to reduce problem behaviour and improve school climate.
  • “The Use of Solution Circles to Address School Bullying” by Slee, P. T., & Cornell, D. G. (2011). This study found that solution circles were effective in addressing school bullying. The study involved 10 schools in Australia, and it found that solution circles led to a significant decrease in bullying behaviour.
  • “Solution Circles: A Tool for Building Community Capacity in Schools” by Forrest, L., & Pearpoint, J. (2006). This book provides an overview of solution circles and how they can be used in schools. The book also includes a number of case studies that illustrate the effectiveness of solution circles in addressing school-related problems.

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