Session 7 – What’s Next?


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A Message for Facilitators

Dear facilitator,

Congratulations on making it to the final session of the curriculum! We are grateful to you for experimenting with this form of building community, and we very much want to get your feedback on the experience.

Please contact us to set up a “Check-In and Feedback Conversation” at 617.477.8630 x307 or Info@LocalCircles.org.

You may already be connected to our facilitator network, and if not, now is a great time to get connected and hear how other groups have managed the “transitional phase” following the completion of the curriculum. Moreover, we are eager to hear your impressions of the curriculum, and how you found it useful (or not!) as a tool. What was your favorite session or activity? Were there places you changed or adapted the materials to make them more appropriate for your group?

We’d also love to hear your circle’s stories – any interesting anecdotes about the people in your group, what they were facing when they came in, and if the Resilience Circle helped them. All such information will be kept confidential unless you give us explicit permission to share it.

Please email us at to schedule a conversation. We look forward to hearing about your experience.

Best wishes,
The Resilience Circle Network

Special Preparation for Session 7

This session requires special preparation since it is the last planned session in the curriculum. Before the meeting, make sure the “Keeper of the Ideas List” or another volunteer organizes or edits the list so it can be read during the Session.

Also, talk to everyone one-on-one before the meeting to get a sense of their interests and whether they would like to continue. Determine who is interested in taking on more leadership during this “transitional phase.” Ideally, new folks will step forward to be transitional leaders. The group’s original organizers and facilitators should consider themselves as coaches or consultants to these new folks, helping out as needed, but letting others take the reins.

Transitional leaders:

  • Facilitate the conversation about next steps in Activity 3
  • Determine the activities the group is most interested in pursuing
  • Take responsibility for the group’s calendar, ideally scheduling events for the next 3 – 6 months

Planning meetings/activities for the next 3 – 6 months ensures that you don’t spend future meetings simply planning other meetings, and gives participants a greater sense of security that the group will continue.

In Activity 3, you will have half an hour to discuss what’s next. Be sure that whoever is running this section reads the detailed agenda below in advance, and makes the necessary decisions and preparations.

Activity 3 may not provide enough time to determine your group’s next steps, so you may need to schedule another meeting to finish the conversation. The transitional leaders should schedule and run this meeting.

It’s important to note that not every group decides to continue. If your group decides to wind down, you should reserve the right to reconvene and check in with each other in the case of future economic or environmental shocks. People’s relationships may prove essential in such a situation.

SUMMARY AGENDA – Session 7

Opening (30)

Activity 1:  Review and Visualization (20)

  1. Review
  2. Visualization

Activity 2: Next Steps Toward Resilience (30)

A. Common Ground
B. Community Mapping

Activity 3: What’s Next? (30)

Closing (10)

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