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Resilience Circles

A Resilience Circle is a small group of 10 – 20 people that comes together to increase personal security during these challenging times. Circles have three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action.

The economy and environment are going through a deep transition, leaving many of us feeling anxious and economically insecure. We’re facing unemployment, foreclosure, lost savings, and a rapidly changing environment. Many of us are isolated and face these challenges without the support of a community. In response, people are forming small “Resilience Circles” (also called “Common Security Clubs”) to get to know their neighbors and explore a new kind of security based in mutual aid and community support.

Resilience Circles help people:

  • Courageously face our economic and ecological challenges, learning together about root causes.
  • Build relationships and undertake concrete steps for mutual aid and shared action.
  • Rediscover the abundance of what we have and recognize the possibility of a better future.
  • See ourselves as part of a larger effort to create a fair and healthy economy that works for everyone in harmony with the planet.
  • Get to know our neighbors, find inspiration, and have fun!

How it Works

Across the country, people are starting Resilience Circles in their communities. The free, open-source Curriculum provides a guide for facilitators to lead groups through seven initial sessions, and after that groups determine their own activities and projects.

Three Components of a Circle

LEARNING TOGETHER:  Through popular education tools, videos and shared readings, participants increase their understanding of the larger economic forces on our lives.  Why is the economy in distress?  How did these changes happen?  How does this connect to the global economy?  What are the ecological factors contributing to the changes?  What is our vision for a healthy sustainable economy? How can I reduce my economic vulnerability?  How can I get out of debt?

MUTUAL AID:  Through stories, examples, web-based resources, a workbook and mutual support, participants reflect on what makes them secure.  How can I help myself and my neighbor facing foreclosure, unemployment, or economic insecurity?  What can we do together to increase our economic security at the local level?

SOCIAL ACTION:   Many of our challenges won’t be solved through personal or local mutual aid efforts.  They require us to work together to press for larger state, national and even global changes.  Coming together, how can we become politically engaged to reclaim our country from the casino capitalists?  What state and federal policies will increase our personal security?  Can ordinary citizens around the world influence the reshaping of the global economy over the next few years?  What program will truly address the economic and ecological realities of our time?

Resource Link: http://localcircles.org/

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