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“People are so busy and over-committed, but meeting in a home with friends and food to talk informally – that can really be a game-changer.”
Loneliness is as strong as smoking or alcohol abuse as an indicator of premature mortality. When Lisa Cook found she had no one to help her put her cat down, she decided to act.
Watch Resilience Circle facilitator Lisa Cook’s excellent TEDx Talk! Lisa talks about the increasing problem of American loneliness and isolation, including her own personal story. Around 6:40 into the video, she talks about how Circles can help folks create community.
Imagine six months from now a social movement that no longer waits for elected politicians to lead and engages in direct action against the fossil fuel industry and their lobbying power. ~ By Chuck Collins
While there are many paths, it’s clear that we all need to be on one, not just “experts” or leaders. Everyone has something to contribute to the new economy, and every contribution is essential.
An affinity group is a small group of people who support each other and work together to change the world.
By Dave Pollard – What would happen if each of us were to call up, out of the blue, our immediate neighbours (whether we know them or not), and gauge whether there is sufficient interest among them to self-organize a Resilience Circle?
Across the country Resilience Circles are hosting 99% Spring trainings to share stories about the economy, learn the history of nonviolent direct action, and connect with local campaigns to bring about change.
Jennifer Robinson describes herself as an introvert. “I’m not really the kind of person who likes doing presentations,” she says. But earlier this year Jennifer found herself in front of her city council, reading a letter supporting an amendment to overturn Citizens United.
“People were courageous, very open…really telling the truth. People are hurting in many different ways. Resilience Circles is an idea whose time is now.” – Bay Area organizer Gary Horvitz