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Small groups of 8 – 15 people can form Resilience Circles for learning, mutual aid and social action. Circles are a great way to form community, build resilience, and have fun!

Get Small to Go Big: How Howard County MD Launched a Transition Initiative

“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.”

How to Win Friends and Influence the New Economy

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.

What if we all enjoyed meaningful social connections?

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.

Resilience Circle is Aimed at Encouraging Community and Sustainability in Lakewood’s Many Neighborhoods

DenverPost.Com: Lakewood Program Works to Grow Community in Neighborhoods August 29, 2012, by Emilie Rusch In a lush, backyard garden in Lakewood, a group of neighbors was talking about how to attract hummingbirds. Try planting agastache, suggested Tom Slabe, an expert in backyard wildlife habitats. It’s also known as hummingbird mint. The group was gathered […]

Redwood City Resilience Circle Joins Fight Against Prison Expansion

The Redwood City Resilience Circle joined other local groups in opposing the construction of a new jail in San Mateo. Read more about this effort here. See their letter below. Submitted to info@curbprisonspending.org: Please include our group on the list of public endorsements for your letter to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors found […]

Resilience Circles help Communities Recover from Extreme Weather

With many Americans only recently recovered from extreme weather, transportation challenges, and power and communications outages, some explore ways to strengthen local circles of support

What’s Your Small Group Up To?

~ News and Views from Around the Resilience Circle Network ~ Supporting Entrepreneurs in Davenport, IA Kathy Thompson wants to expand her core small group to a larger group for small business owners. “I’m part of an informal small group of women who own small businesses and work from home. I want to expand this […]

Resilience Circles arrive at St. Martin of Tours in San Jose, California

On Monday evening, April 30, members of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in San Jose gathered for Session One of the Resilience Circle curriculum. The event marked the first Resilience Circle to convene in a Catholic church. Welcome aboard, St. Martin’s! May your leadership inspire others! The story of St. Martin’s begins with their Peace […]

Increasing The Ratio of Love per Square Foot: Building a Tiny House

Two Redwood City Resilience Circle members have taken a tremendous step toward sustainable and resilient living. They are building and will soon live in a tiny (120 square foot) house! On their blog, Candace and Aaron explain: “We have engaged with the community on [climate change, resource depletion, health, and social and economic insecurity]… We have […]

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