Why circles of people work–and squared off meeting spaces don’t:

Since the persons—the whole persons—are the strongest centers in the room, to introduce anything between them is to break the ways in which they support and intensify each other. Even a low table does this breaking because then we cannot touch each other: line of sight suggests we are only brains on sticks and not fully human, not fully strong and strengthened centers. Pulling the circle out to form corners also breaks the supporting roles—now those in the far corners can only support the few people around them and others not at all—we cannot intensify those in the corners on this side (we cannot even see each other), and only a little those in the corner opposite. That’s why squares of people are weaker than circles of people.

:- Doug.

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