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Penny M.

Newport Beach, California,
United States 92660

LightPage networks I participate in
Gather the Women Global Matrix
Sophia 2010: Mission
Sophia 2010: Structure
Sophia 2010: Global Leaders
Circle Connections
Sophia 2010: Headquarters Council
Sophia 2010: Arts and Culture
Sophia 2010: Members' Forum
Sophia Alliance

Penny McManigal, Artist, Ambassador for Festival of Arts and Culture, Sofia 2010; International Artist for Peace and Transformation; Creator of Weaving The Dream!, worldwide interactive Project; painter; "Peace for our Children" presented to Gorbachev, Kremlin 1989 before Berlin Wall; lithographs and posters of same on every continent (including 10 Nobel Peace Laureates and "just folks everywhere"; attended 4th UN World Conference on Women (Beijing), lifetime as civic activist, is a Convener of the Millionth Circle Initiative and faculty member of Social Artistry, 2003.



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The Millionth Circle The Millionth Circle depends upon the following simple hypothesis when a critical number of people change how they think and behave, a new era will begin. OUR INTENTIONS Circles encourage connection and cooperation among their members and inspire compassionate solutions to individual, community and world problems. We believe that circles support each member to find her or his own voice and to live more courageously, and intend: • to seed and nurture circles, wherever possible, in order to cultivate equality, sustainable livelihoods, preservation of the earth and peace for all. • to bring the circle process into United Nations accredited non-governmental organizations and the 5th UN World Conference on Women. • to connect circles so they may know themselves as a part of a larger movement to shift consciousness in the world. - Intention Statement of The Millionth Circle Initiative THE VISION A proliferation of circles with a spiritual center becomes a worldwide healing force by bringing feminine values of relationship, nurturing, and interdependency into a global culture in which hierarchy, conflict and competition, power over others and exploitation of the earth's resources are dominant values. Our aim is to celebrate the millionth circle as an idea whose time has come. Everyone who has been drawn to the idea of "the millionth circle" is part of the millionth circle vision, and any event or circle that anyone creates that furthers the formation of more circles with a sacred center can freely define what they are doing as being part of the millionth circle vision. • Create a circle. • Consider it a sacred space. • One person speaks at a time. • Speak and listen from the heart. • Encourage and welcome diverse points of view. • Listen with discernment instead of judgment. • Share leadership and resources. • Decide together how decisions will be made. • Work toward consensus when possible. • Offer experience instead of advice. • When in doubt or need, pause and silently ask for guidance. • Decide together what is to be held in confidence. • Speak from your own experience and beliefs rather than speaking for others. • Open and close the circle by hearing each voice. (Check-ins and check-outs.) CIRCLE PRINCIPLES The following are some suggested guidelines for a circle: (Click here to download a printable pdf of Circle Principles ) Create sacred space. This includes physically preparing a space to accommodate the participants in a circle, usually with a centerpiece or altar. Listen with compassion and for wisdom. This includes listening without an agenda, suspending judgment, being curious and finding the underlying meaning in others' statements. Also, it is listening for wisdom as it comes through each participant. Speak from your heart and experience

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