Picture forming is a process that is at the very beginning of generating a proposal. In a collaborative way (rounds by default or in other ways), we gather the dimensions of an topic. What do we have to consider in order to make good and comprehensive policy?
This process typically comes before gathering proposal ideas. The circle does not jump into opinions and strategies but tries to get an understanding of what and who is affected by the topic. This improves the quality of proposals overall.
It can be used to get input from a large group when a decision is prepared in a (small) circle.