1 THE CIRCLE 1
Two chairs sit facing each other in the center of the space,
perhaps over a coffee table with flowers. This is the set
for an interview between BAILEY and MAE.
If we have a projector, it would be neat to project the
Circle logo, or at least dim the lights slight.
After a beat, just long enough for the audience to register
the scene, BAILEY strides on stage, managing to appear both
proud and humble, waving to the audience.
Hello, hello, Circlers! Happy
Friday, what a wonderful day.
He settles into a chair.
Good afternoon, everyone. I am so
pleased to converge with you all on
this special Dream Friday. I had a
conversation last week with a
Customer Experience newbie, Mae
Holland, and I have invited her
back to join me today. Without
further ado, Mae?
MAE steps in, eyes wide out over the audience. She keeps her
composure and takes her seat.
Hello, Mae. How are you feeling?
Don’t be nervous!
Easy for you to say.
Followed by more laughter.
So, Mae, let’s talk about this past
weekend, what started on Sunday
night. Many of the people in this
room already know the broad
outline, thanks to SeeChange, but
would you like to offer a summary?
Sure, Eamon. I committed a crime,
essentially. I borrowed a kayak
without the knowledge of the owner,
and I paddled out to an island in
the middle of the night.
That was Blue Island, correct?
And you did not tell anyone you
were planning to do this?
I did not.
But you knew it was wrong?
And you did not document what you
did at all? No videos, or even
pictures? No posts at all?
Alright, so, you knew what you were
doing was wrong, but you did it
Because I thought no one would
BAILEY sits back in his chair, allowing this news to sink
in. A slight murmur rolls through the audience.
I was alone, unwatched, unobserved,
And that facilitated impulses you
Mae, do you behave better or worse
when being watched?
Better, of course.
And what happens when you’re not
Well, for one thing, I steal
I also do things I don’t want to
do. I lie.
You lie... You know, Mae, you said
something to me during our talk the
other day that I found very
succinct and memorable. Could you
repeat it for our fellow Circlers
Yes, Eamon, I said, "secrets are
Secrets are lies.
Murmurs from the audience. If we have a projector, "Secrets
are lies." appears in steel-like letters.
Could you walk us through your
logic, there, Mae?
Well, when something is kept
secret, crime is possible. That
goes without saying. We also, when
we don’t know what’s being hidden,
tend to speculate. We make up the
Very true, Mae, well said. Okay, so
together, the super sleuths we are,
we have unmasked the motivation
behind this first part of your
Sunday night crime. Shall we now
consider part two: the case of the
lack of documentation?
Mae, you have said you kayak in the
bay often. Is this true?
It is. I go between two and three
times a month.
Two and three times a month. You go
between two and three times a
month, and yet you haven’t joined
any of the Circle kayaking clubs.
(To the audience)
Mae has not posted posted a single
picture, video, not even a comment.
Could it be we have an undercover
kayaker working for the CIA in our
midst today? In all seriousness,
though, I would like to get into
BAILEY stands up slowly from his chair and begins addressing
the audience directly, pacing back and forth, TED talk
As you all know, I have a son,
Gunner, who was born with cerebral
palsy. He is living a very full
BAILEY. CON’T. (cont’d)
life, as full as I think possible,
as we are always striving to
improve his opportunities, but the
fact of the matter is, he is
confined to a wheelchair. Gunner
can’t walk, he can’t run. He can’t
run off on a Sunday night and go
kayaking. If he wants to experience
something like this, what does he
do? What does he do, Circlers?
Right, he watches a video, or he
looks at pictures. With SeeChange,
anything is possible. Alongside a
generous Circler, he can climb
Mount Kenya or sail the Pacific or
see the Eiffel Tower. With
SeeChange, he could follow you,
Mae, over the bay, onto that
island, to revel in that beautiful
sight under the stars. With
SeeChange, Mae, you could have
provided him with a smile, wist,
and awe. You could have provided
He returns to his seat.
How does it feel to have deprived
them of seeing what you saw?
(After taking a pause to
It feels wrong.
In this short life, why shouldn’t
everyone see whatever it is they
want to see? Have equal access to
the sights and all the experiences
of the world?
They should, Eamon. They deserve
Here, MAE undergoes a change, from nervous and obedient to
slightly feverous in her passion for the Circle. She is
essentially overcome by emotion.
It’s simple, actually. It’s finally
simple to me. If you care about
your fellow human beings, you share
what you know with them. You share
with you see. You give them
anything you can. If you care about
their plight, their suffering,
their curiosity, and their right to
learn, then you share with them.
You share what you have and what
you see and what you know. As
humans, we’re obligated to share
what we see and know.
Amazing, Mae, amazing. Let’s thank
Mae for her candor, brilliance, and
humanity, can we please?
BAILEY and MAE stand up. BAILEY gestures proudly to MAE and
the audience applauds.
But just you wait, folks. If you
didn’t see one more amazing thing
coming, you clearly don’t know the
Circle well enough! Right here,
right now, in front of all you
inspiring Circlers and all of
humanity, our very own Mae Holland
will be going transparent. She will
be broadcasting her every action
for the world to see.
An assistant walks on stage with a small SeeChange camera
necklace and drops it, beaming, around Mae’s neck.
One more round of applause for Mae.
The scene ends with roars from the audience, perhaps Mae’s
face projected on the screen.