Resilience Circles http://localcircles.org small groups for tough times Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:21:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.9 Planet Shifter: Resilience Circles Interview by Willi Paul http://localcircles.org/2014/11/25/planet-shifter-resilience-circles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=planet-shifter-resilience-circles http://localcircles.org/2014/11/25/planet-shifter-resilience-circles/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:21:23 +0000 http://localcircles.org/?p=5520 “Resilience Circles” – Interview with Sarah Byrnes, Co-Director of New Economy Transition (NET) New England by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media Read the full interview here. ********* Willi: Are Circles becoming a ritual for some? Sarah: I haven’t heard it put this way! But I’m sure some folks would resonate with this language. * * * […]

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Resilience Circles” – Interview with Sarah Byrnes, Co-Director of New Economy Transition (NET) New England by Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com Media

Read the full interview here.

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Willi: Are Circles becoming a ritual for some?

Sarah: I haven’t heard it put this way! But I’m sure some folks would resonate with this language.

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Interview with Sarah by Willi

Localization is a critical guide in permaculture. What does this mean to you?

In Resilience Circles, place is really important. People want to get to know their actual, in-person neighbors, and the characteristics of the environment where they live. Re-engaging with people and place is also a core value of the broader “new economy” movement. At the same time, a lot of people doing social action in Resilience Circles understand that we live in an interconnected world. They’re tracing back the causes of injustice and hardship and realizing that corporate control of our democracy is a root of many problems. So a lot of Circles have gotten involved in the national movement to overturn Citizens United, for example.

What does the circle symbolize?

In Resilience Circles, we usually sit in circles. It’s reflects the way we relate to each other as peers – we can all see each other, and each person is visibly included. There is a learning component in Circles, but we primarily learn from each other instead of from books or an ideology. Our stories are the basis of the learning, and the basis of the relationship-building.

What are your base values?

The Resilience Circles network is diverse and people bring a lot of different values and experiences to it. A core idea is to value each other — and ourselves. If people are suffering because of this tough economy, they may internalize a lot of shame and guilt. They may blame themselves. Hopefully by joining a Circle, they come to understand that this economy isn’t actually designed to serve people, that it values profit over people.

And this can loosen the sense of shame and people can begin regaining a sense of self-worth. And of course, the purpose of a Circle is to create a new sense of security that is based in mutual aid rather than reliance on the corporate economy, so hopefully by relying on other people, the fear of economic insecurity can lessen.

In addition to valuing each other and themselves, many people in Circles highly value the natural world around them. For example, one group is working hard to protect the local bees by engaging in an educational campaign about which lawn treatments kill bees. They knocked on doors all around their neighborhood. Many groups value local food and farms. They join CSAs or even start community gardens.

What are the most common personal security issues facing us as planet?

I think it depends on what you mean by personal security. Many folks in the US are struggling to make ends meet, and we need higher wages and more meaningful livelihoods for people. We need dignified work, as Catholic Social Teaching puts it.

But security also comes from a whole other range of invisible things in our lives – from clean air and water to neighborhood and civic organizations to your local government picking up the trash. So many systems need to function to ensure our security—from health care to banking to agriculture and food. And many of these are not well supported or resourced as they should be.

This is even more clear in poorer parts of the world that have borne the brunt of colonialism and so on. Basically, people create security together, and in a world that increasingly values (some) individuals over communities, security has eroded.

You say that Circles can bring “mutual aid and community support.” But there are many degrees of economic security – from poverty to the rich. Do you typically have all types of folks in one Circle?

There has certainly been a range of people participating in Circles, though within each Circle, there may be less of a range. It’s great to have diversity, because people from different class backgrounds bring different strengths, skills, and experiences. But as we know, we’re very segregated, and building cross-class relationships can be a challenge.

Tell me how you define “neighbor.”

Personally, I do like the colloquial meaning of this term – that your neighbor is someone who lives near you. I think rekindling these kinds of place-based relationships can have a huge effect on people’s lives – and potentially also our social movements. Many people from older generations lament a time when we all knew the people who lived within close proximity, and had a lot of informal social time with them.

This is a kind of social network that no longer exists as much, and isolation has skyrocketed as a result. Isolation is a terrible epidemic, impacting everything from health to happiness to our ability to create social change.

So I like that meaning, but I also like the meaning Jesus gives the word “neighbor” in the story of the Good Samaritan. That a neighbor is any human—we’re all one family.

You see the process as ‘part of a larger effort to create a fair and healthy economy that works for everyone in harmony with the planet.’ Give us some examples from a successful Circle?

We are going to hold a webinar featuring stories from two successful Circles on Nov 18 – I encourage everyone to join! (Register) The meaning of success really does vary widely, and that’s the beauty of it. One example is the group in Portland OR who has been meeting for 5 years and has really become a core support group for each other. They know each other so well and they’re there for each other in good times and bad. Another great success was Connie Allen’s group in Maine that focused on helping each other live with limited income. You can read about that here.

Another great success story comes from Maryland, where several Circles formed and disbanded, but many people in them continued to know each other and formed lots of other kinds of groups as well. They participated in “house parties” with different movements– particularly the Move to Amend movement—and connected with a widening group of people that way.

They ended up starting a Transition Initiative and getting their town to pass an ordinance supporting an amendment to overturn Citizens United. I like this story because it shows that your Circle doesn’t have to last forever in order for it to be a “success.” And it also reflects the reality that people move in and out of things over the months and years, and that’s normal and natural.

Are Circles connected to the DIY and Transition movements (or others)?

Yes definitely. Resilience Circles doesn’t have its own agenda, so members borrow and incorporate from other streams. We did a webinar with Transition US a while back about how these two approaches work together (see it here). Lots of Transition Initiatives have used both approaches successfully, including my own here in Jamaica Plain, Boston. There is also a lot of overlap with Move to Amend and the New Economy movement.

Part of your outcome seems to be inspirational? One participant mentioned his congregation in a story. Is there also a spiritual benefit to Circles?

Most Circles have been based in congregations, often UU or UCC churches. Churches like hosting them because it’s a potential way to meet new members of the community. It can also be a way to support under-employed folks in the congregation. And there is a long history of church-based mutual aid societies, of course. The Resilience Circle approach borrows from that tradition.

There is no explicit spirituality or religion in the Circles. They have diverse memberships – people are Jewish, Christian, agnostic, secular, etc. But people do make connections between the values of the Circles and their own religious or spiritual values (as I have in this interview!).

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On November 18, New England NET hosted a webinar about Resilience Circles, small groups for learning, mutual aid, and social action.

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Sarah’s Slides (PPT)
Matthew’s Slides
Carrie’s Slides

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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! 
Unemployment and a tough economy are affecting millions of people. Many of us are worried about our financial security, threats to the environment, and more. 
Our challenges are made worse by a culture of isolation and disconnection. The skills we need to build community do not come as naturally as they once did. We can’t afford to be disconnected, because isolated individuals cannot create lasting social change. It’s up to networked communities to do that.

That’s part of why people have been forming small “Resilience Circles” and affinity groups of 8 – 15 people. These groups are exploring a new kind of security based in mutual aid and community support.

Speakers

Carrie Sonneborn

Carrie SonnebornCarrie Sonneborn helped start a local Resilience Circle as part of the Eiber Neighborhood Association’s push to become the first designated Sustainable Neighborhood under the City of Lakewood’s ‘ Sustainable Neighborhoods Program’. She has worked on sustainability issues for over 20 years both personally and professionally. Carrie is an adjunct professor at the ColoradoSchool of Mines (CSM) in both Liberal Arts & International Studies and Engineering Design Programs.

Dr. Sonneborn’s environmental consulting, publishing and activism work has included projects / employment with the Chicago Climate Exchange Inc. (CCX), American Water Works Association, Rocky Mountain TechLine, PASCO Inc, Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy (Perth , Western Australia), EcoCarbon, Inc (Perth, Western Australia), Australian Conservation Foundation (Canberra, Australia) Sustainability Energy Industries Council of Australia (Canberra, Australia).  

Matthew Mosher

Matthew Mosher

My wake up moment was in 2005. I was living in Shreveport, Louisiana when Hurricane Katrina hit. I witnessed what happens when the world as you know it ceases to exist. That event started my journey down a path that I am still on today. I knew that I had to always be prepared for emergencies. I have a wife and five children that depend on me to keep them safe. As I continued down this path, the list of thing I have to prepare for keeps getting longer as does the list of things that I have to provide safety from. My journey was leading me to a place of isolation.

As soon as I read an article about the resilience circle movement I knew it was what I had always wanted to be a part of. In April of 2013, I and two others formed the River Country Resilience Circle in Three Rivers, MI. Being part of the resilience circle has definitely helped remove my feeling of isolation and given me a new hope for our future. My main focus within the resilience circle is heirloom gardens and a time bank.

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Webinar – Resilience Circles 101: Small Groups for Learning, Mutual Aid, and Social Action http://localcircles.org/2014/10/27/webinar-resilience-circles-101-small-groups-learning-mutual-aid-social-action/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=webinar-resilience-circles-101-small-groups-learning-mutual-aid-social-action http://localcircles.org/2014/10/27/webinar-resilience-circles-101-small-groups-learning-mutual-aid-social-action/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:37:17 +0000 http://localcircles.org/?p=5506 Join us on November 18, 2014, at 1pm ET.

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Join this webinar to learn how 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!

A Resilience Circle has three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action. Unemployment and a tough economy are affecting millions of people. Many of us are worried about our financial security, threats to the environment, and more.

In response, people are forming small “Resilience Circles” of 8 – 15 people. These groups are exploring a new kind of security based in mutual aid and community support. Even more importantly, they’re getting to know each other and having fun.

Join us on this webinar to hear stories from two Resilience Circles:

  • Carrie Sonnenborn - near Denver, CO
  • Matthew Mosher - Three Rivers, MI

Carrie and Matthew will share lessons and stories from their Circles. To read more about Resilience Circles, visit http://localcircles.org.

Register here!

 

 

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October Resilience Circle will be THIS  Thursday October 9th. Apologies for short notice – life just zoomed past me this month – and I do hope you can come! We have a great guestspeaker, John Aveson, who is a sustainable building expert with particular expertise in passive solar design and home energy efficiency . He has been living in his passive solar house since the 1980s. Please bring a dish to share, your own utensils / plate/ cup, friends, family, neighbors and enthusiasm! Excess  garden veggies, fruit, seeds and plants to swap are also welcome 

When: Thurs, Oct 9 from 6 – 8pm
Where: Email Carrie for the address SustainableEiber@gmail.com
What: bring a dish to share – garden goodies and plants to swap also welcome!
Who: You, friends, family, neighbors interested in building local community and sustainability.
 
Timberline Gardens - GREAT NEWS! A (fairly)  local non-neonicitinoid nursery! Timberline is at 11700 W. 58th Ave. Arvada
Update on Bee Safe Eiber - Well, we did not achieve our goal this year of reaching every household in Eiber with information about neonicitinoids and the dangers of using industrial chemical in our backyards. We started just a bit too late in the season but will be ready in Spring 2015 to start early with information and talking to neighbors. Please contact me if you interested in helping out with this project in anyway! Carrie SustainableEiber@gmail.com
Resilience Circle Hosts wanted ~ Are you interested in hosting one of our meetings? Please contact me with your month of preference and date – We usually meet in the first week or two of the month usually on a Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. If you have a possible guest speaker, even better!
Resilience Circle Organizer wanted ~ While I’m at it, if you are interested in helping with organizing the Resilience Circles, please contact m!. This includes updating email list, finding speakers, coordinating with hosts, keeping our ‘credits’ up to date with the City of Lakewood’s Sustainability Program, writing newsy emails and dreaming up new projects….Contact Carrie SustainableEiber@gmail.com

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Get Small to Go Big: How Howard County MD Launched a Transition Initiative http://localcircles.org/2014/10/06/get-small-to-go-big-how-howard-county-md-launched-a-transition-initiative/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-small-to-go-big-how-howard-county-md-launched-a-transition-initiative http://localcircles.org/2014/10/06/get-small-to-go-big-how-howard-county-md-launched-a-transition-initiative/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:24:31 +0000 http://localcircles.org/?p=5446 “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.”

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Transition HoCoMargo Duesterhaus has an amazing house. “We have solar PV, solar hot water, rain gardens and rain barrels,” she says. “We did a big rehab a few years ago to put in major insulation, recycled glass counter tops, and lots of other good stuff.”

Creating a low-carbon house was incredibly satisfying. But even a commitment this huge wasn’t enough for Margo. She knew she needed to do more, though for a while she didn’t know what. Eventually, through a community group focused on climate change, she learned about the Transition Initiatives movement. “It sounded perfect,” she explains. “Exactly what I wanted to do.”

But launching an Initiative proved tricky. “Folks from our community group did some online outreach. But it didn’t really take off.”

Eventually, eight members decided to form a small discussion circle together. “We met seven times and talked about the economy, climate change, and peak oil. We thought about our community’s strengths and where the needs are. We talked about supporting each other through mutual aid.”

“Somehow, these seven meetings created enough group cohesion and momentum to really launch the Transition Initiative,” she says. “At the end of the curriculum, everyone had a lot of energy to get it off the ground.”

Margo’s group used the free seven-session Resilience Circle curriculum to focus its meetings. Other discussion circles have used curricula provided by the Northwest Earth Institute. “The important thing is to meet in a small group and get to know each other more personally,” Margo explains.

Nowadays, Transition Howard County has a mailing list of over two hundred people and several vibrant working groups. They organized an energy forum in the spring of 2013, and a green home tour in the fall of 2012 in conjunction with the big DC Solar Homes Tour.

“The tour is fantastic,” Margo reports. “My home was on the tour, and it’s a great chance to get practical with people. They ask about costs, which companies to use, was it worth it? Having these concrete conversations with people allows them to actually envision making changes.”

She adds, “This year, we’re going to go even bigger and have more homes from our area on the tour. And the projects we feature don’t have to be big and expensive – it can just be a bucket catching rain water, or a small container garden.”

Margo is clear that her Transition Initiative had to start small to get big. Lots of other efforts are also using small groups with real success, such as “Mothers Out Front – Mobilizing for a Livable Climate.” Under this umbrella, dozens of house parties have taken place in Massachusetts, where women have met to talk about their concerns about the future.

Andree Zaleska is one of the organizers. “The sense of relief in the room is palpable,” she says of the gatherings. “Many women have been shouldering their fears for themselves and their children alone. The house parties are a chance to talk and vent and be real about how scary climate change is, and they’ve been really successful in engaging women at a new level.”

“Having wine, cheese, and chocolate at the meetings doesn’t hurt either,” she adds.

Margo agrees. “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,” she explains. “It recharges your batteries instead of draining them. And it can provide the needed energy to make a big splash out in the wider community.”

Email info@localcircles.org for resources for small groups.

 

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Next Resilience Circle  will be Tuesday September 9th, 6 – 8pm, at the home of Tom Slab.Tom has a wonderful wildscaped yard with pond to show us! Please bring food to share, your own plate / utensils, friends/ family/ neighbors and your ideas and enthusiasm. I think August was a little early for a plant swap so lets try it again in September – seeds, cuttings, seedlings  of all plants (indoor / outdoor) welcome!
Date: Tuesday, Sept 9th
Time: 6 – 8pm
Venue: Contact Carrie Sonnenborn for the address, SustainableEiber@gmail.com
Bring: Dish to share, friends/ neighbors/ family, plants/seeds/seedlings to swap, ideas and enthusiasm, excess veggies welcome!
Aug Resilience Circle - The August Resilience Circle was attended by about 25 people at the home of Kelli Marko. We enjoyed great food, garden abundance was shared and everyone got to check in on their current sustainability passion.  The rain kept us under cover on the porch but everyone admired the ‘whomping willow’ in Kelli’s yard as well as the abundant veggie and flower garden. Thanks for hosting and attending!
Eiber Neighborhood Association  is  looking for new Board Members! The Resilience Circle is a project of the ENA so this is really helping out our ‘parent organization’ and will give you a broader overview of what’s happening in the Eiber neighborhood.  The Board meets about every 2 months. Contact ENA President Paul Ditson, p.ditson@q.com   if you have questions and / or  are interested. 
Peace Day on the Mall – Sept 6
Jovial Concepts has once again organized an amazing event on the 16th Street Mall to celebrate World Peace Day in Denver. Be there or be square! 
 
SHIFT Festival - Now this looks fascinating….”The SHIFT Festival features North America’s leading foodies, adventure athletes and sustainability pioneers in a dynamic debate about the innovative ideas that will preserve our future”
Held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming nestled in the  Grand Tetons, Oct 8 - 12. Wow,  who wants to go?
Bee Safe Eiber - We have made a great effort to distribute Bee Safe information to every household in  Eiber this summer – but we still aren’t there! This will be an ongoing initiative that we will take forward into the coming year and the Spring of 2015. We’d really like to know WHO has committed to not using systemic pesticides  in their yards and will be circulating a survey in future to gauge how effective we’ve been. Contact Carrie for more info: SustainableEiber@gmail.com

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River Country Resilience Circle Featured in the Sturgis Journal http://localcircles.org/2014/08/23/river-country-resilience-circle-featured-sturgis-journal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=river-country-resilience-circle-featured-sturgis-journal http://localcircles.org/2014/08/23/river-country-resilience-circle-featured-sturgis-journal/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:33:49 +0000 http://localcircles.org/?p=5490 Resilience Circle Offers Unique Approach by Jef Rietsma in the Stugis Journal As he learned more about the ideals behind resilience circles, Matthew Mosher wondered if the concept would draw a following in St. Joseph County.  Read the article here!

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Resilience Circle Offers Unique Approach
by Jef Rietsma in the Stugis Journal

As he learned more about the ideals behind resilience circles, Matthew Mosher wondered if the concept would draw a following in St. Joseph County. 

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New Circle! Duluth, MN http://localcircles.org/2014/04/27/5466/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5466 http://localcircles.org/2014/04/27/5466/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 18:16:37 +0000 http://localcircles.org/?p=5466 Membership in the new Resilience Circle in Duluth (starting May 5th, 2014) is for those who are coping with the challenges of long-term unemployment (26+ weeks). The learning and mutual aid components of our RC will offer strategies to restore personal well-being and confidence, and ways to improve economic security through freelancing and entrepreneurship. Social […]

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Membership in the new Resilience Circle in Duluth (starting May 5th, 2014) is for those who are coping with the challenges of long-term unemployment (26+ weeks). The learning and mutual aid components of our RC will offer strategies to restore personal well-being and confidence, and ways to improve economic security through freelancing and entrepreneurship. Social action opportunities will be available for those RC members who want to develop a food buying club and a timebank, both of which would serve any resident in the Duluth community and in the surrounding Twin Ports region.

Meetings are hosted at the Duluth Hub, 1001 East 9th Street, Duluth, MN 55805 at 12:15-1:45PM every Monday, except for holidays. Group facilitators and meeting space are sponsored by Clarity Interpreting Services LLC and Sue Hall’s Place To Grow LLC.

For more information, or how to register to attend an upcoming meeting, contact Karen Arthur, info@clarity4all.com

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The April Resilience Circle will be Wednesday April 2nd from 6 – 8pm (email SustainableEiber@gmail.com for the location). We  will be discussing the  possibility of Sustainable Eiber pursuing 501c3 nonprofit status. This will enable us to apply for grants and could lead to bigger and better things! Lois Witt, our resident ‘legal eagle’ will lead the discussion.

Please bring a dish to share and your brilliant ideas. Friends, family and neighbors welcome.

The March Resilience Circle was  a great success with about 20 people in attendance at the Edgewater Coffee Company. David Braden of the Living Systems (www.livingsystemsinst.org)  Institute gave a great talk about common pesticides that are harmful to bees and what we can do about it in our own yards through his Bee Safe Neighborhoods Project. This is a  popular project for Sustainable Eiber  to focus on in the coming year and hopefully coordinator for this effort will step forward. Please contact Carrie if you want to help, SustainableEiber@gmail.com

A Relaunch of Sustainable Eiber will take place on Thursday, May 1st as part of the Eiber Neighborhood Association’s Annual meeting. The meeting will be at St Paul’s Church, corner of 10th and Garrison at 6pm. This event will focus on getting resident’s input on what issues to focus on in the coming year as well as reaching out and  involving new folks from the neighborhood.

Walking Group - Want some local, sustainability-minded walking buddies? Join these folks from the ‘South of 6th’ neighborhood for a little extra physical activity in the beautiful, calm setting of Belmar Park. Walk at your own pace, bring your pet, walk with a friend/neighbor. They meet in the Belmar Library parking lot Saturday mornings, 9am. For more info contact Jan Teeuwen, 303 453 9993http://southof6thlakewood.com
Recycling  Demo at the Earth Day Celebration -  Due to lack of participation, only about 20% of waste in Colorado is diverted from a landfill to a recycling center .  Other areas in the US achieve percentages like 60+. At Lakewood’s upcoming Earth Day Celebration  (April 19 at the Lakewood Heritage Center) there will be a recycling-themed information booth run totally by neighbors like yourself who are concerned about sustainability. As well as staffing the booth, we are looking for help with developing and presenting  a 15 minute recycling demonstration. If you can help out, contact Dana Gutwein, danabrown9@gmail.com

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