Forms of CPR space include:
4Rs—group processes for, say, a workshop or course, that begin by emphasizing Respect, which enhances Risk taking and consequent insights or Revelations, which leads to Re-engagement.
Collaborative Explorations—structured interactions in small groups over a delimited period of time designed to sustain the face-to-face PBL experience of re-engagement with yourself as an avid learner and inquirer.
CPR workshop—a workshop that moves through the 4Rs over a single day or several days.
Project-Based Learning, in which learners bring diverse interests into their inquiries around problems raised in open-ended scenarios.
Learning Road Trip—arrange a series of visits to people whose work you want to learn more about or, by their responses to you presenting your own work, learn from.
Writing Workshop—using the Five-Phase Format for 30 minutes or an hour to check in on progress and reflect on topics relevant to the stage in the writing project.
Explorations in CPR Spaces are helped by the following tools and processes:
Appreciation that Empowers Others
Autobiographical Introductions with Connections and Extensions Feedback
Five-Phase Format dialogue
Plus-Delta Feedback on Work-in-Progress Presentations
Response to Shared Reading
The spirit of a CPR space can be appreciated by considering a relevant alternative, namely, to bring into a group of people who work together tools and processes that they learn or practice as they generate and implement shared plans for action in the workplace or project. Indeed, there are facilitators who warn that running workshops to teach or introduce tools and processes for group work without having a task grounded in shared work is unlikely to be to bear fruit, to result in carryover to participants' work and lives. Is lack of carryover also to be expected for the connections made and for the contributions to the topic—the insight, plans, projects that the participant produces—in the CPR space? Perhaps. Yet, what makes a CPR space attractive to participants is that they re-engage with themselves as avid learners, experience collaboration that does not submerge their individual projects, and get a reminder that it is possible not to continue along previous lines.
Another relevant alternative to the CPR space is the retreat, or series of retreats, in which participants' time together and each person's solitary time is directed at clarifying their direction or vocation (most notably in Circles of Trust following Parker Palmer; Center for Courage and Renewal n.d.). The idea is that once a person has a clear vocation, they should be able to transform their work and life and to sustain that transformation. CPR spaces differ in: a) having a topic that draws together participants so they learn from and provide support on diverse aspects of their projects, not only the deep alignment of inner and outer worlds; and b) the tools and processes used are designed to be readily learned by participants so they can translate them into their own settings to support the inquiries of others—convening or hosting a CPR space is not restricted to certified leaders.