Organize a Circle
Across the nation, people have stepped forward to organize Resilience Circles for their communities. We’re confident you can do it too, especially if you start small. Work on finding just one other person in your community who is also excited about this idea.
If you’re considering organizing a circle, let us at the Resilience Circle Network know. We may be able to connect you with others in your area who are also interested in starting a circle. You can also check our list of “Profiled Resilience Circles” to see if there is activity in your area.
Download The Organizing Kit
Click here to download the “Organizing Kit” with tips and tools for forming a circle (ZIP file). Here’s what it contains:
- Overview – Ingredients for Forming a Circle, Communication and Publicity, Sample Materials, & Introductory Session Agenda and Handouts (Word)
- Introductory Session Agenda and Handouts (Word)
- PowerPoint Presentation for the Introductory Session (PPT)
- Tri-fold Brochure (PDF)
Click here to watch one of our introductory webinars about starting a Resilience Circle, and to sign up to take part in the next free discussion.
Ingredients for Starting a Resilience Circle
We are calling this “ingredients” for starting a circle rather than “steps,” because there is not a set order in which to do things. (Tip of the hat to Transition US for this language idea!)
To start a circle, you’ll need to line up the following:
- One or two facilitators
- 15 – 25 initial participants
- A space to meet
- The dates and time of day you’ll meet
Once this is lined up, you or another facilitator(s) can use the Seven-Session Curriculum to structure your sessions. The curriculum also contains tips for keeping your group together during the seven sessions and beyond. To obtain your free copy, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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