“People Are Courageous and Want to Tell the Truth”

Posted February 13, 2012 in Blog, East Bay, Featured, Story

In Albany, California, community organizers held two meetings to introduce Resilience Circles. As part of the session, they broke people into groups of three and asked them to respond and to take notes on two questions: How are you affected by all that is going on the world? What do you want out of a Resilience Circle?

The notes were collected, reviewed and the answers compiled (see below). As organizer Gary Horvitz says, “What was revealed was extremely valuable material. 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.”

Contact Gray at gary@2degreeworld.com to get involved in a Circle in the SF East Bay Area.

Intro Session participant notes:

1. How are you affected by all that is going on in the world?

  • Depression/anxiety
  • Family lives far away because housing prices are lower
  • Seeing others lose what they have/friends unemployed
  • Pension insecure
  • Not able to make a difference
  • Thin margin of security/shrinking safety nets
  • Underemployed—work is sporadic
  • Turmoil in personal relationships
  • Living on less
  • Discouraged
  • Volunteering where I used to be paid
  • Having to market myself
  • Use less heat in house
  • Giving up eating out
  • Sharing food resources with friends
  • Pre-occupied with survival
  • Polarization/blaming/projection
  • Stuck in job—less benefits
  • Fear for children’s future
  • Net worth declining
  • Concern re health care expenses
  • Education cuts
  • No faith in govt.
  • Empty nest syndrome
  • Finding free stuff
  • Using public transportation
  • Despondent
  • Scared, Sad, angry
  • Mistrust of government
  • Disgusted—everything broken
  • Closed parks
  • Futility about offsetting environmental ills

What I want out of a Resilience Circle?

  • Community
  • Connect with people
  • Structure to talk through
  • Learn new skills
  • Participating in projects
  • Practice listening
  • Gift circle
  • No exchange of money
  • Sense of accomplishment
  • Learning to rely on others
  • Making friends
  • Making change
  • Learning together
  • Want to push people’s limits about what’s OK to share
  • Increase our flexibility
  • Increased personal connection
  • Finding value for others
  • Find alternative income streams
  • Ending my enslavement
  • Street party
  • Finding purpose through service
  • Opportunities to trade
  • Help finding work
  • Spend time brainstorming each person’s situation
  • Cross-pollination of ideas
  • Barter system
  • Sense of belonging
  • Greater hope
  • Greater influence
  • A Circle that functions well