What’s Your Small Group Up To?

Posted June 14, 2012 in Blog, Newburyport, Story

~ 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 group to support more entrepeneurs,” she says. “I really like the idea of uniting and supporting each other. It is important for my small business to succeed so my husband and I can have economic security. But, it is just not about me! It will take a team effort, as well as all of us working individually, to help rescue the middle class and small businesses in America. Small groups can be pillars of society and the glue that binds us all together.”

Sustainable Bagging in Newburyport, MA

Members of Resilience Circles the local Transition Town are kicking off an initiative to move their coastal community past single-use plastic bags.

“While there is no guarantee that we can save the future for our children, we can, each of us, commit to some small project that leads to a change in our behaviors,” explains Janine Brunell Looker in this lovely blog post. “So this is the thing I’m going to do. I’ve decided to turn my obsession about plastic bags into a cause. Plastic bags? You may be thinking, as I sometimes do, how ridiculous to obsess about plastic bags when there are so many causes to choose from… Yet with this little effort we can put in motion a tangible change. We can clear our streets, our forests, our oceans of all that plastic riff-raff. In effect, what we will be doing is removing the outer layer of a problem so that we might see more clearly what has been concealed inside.”

If you live near Newburyport and want to get involved, click here for more info.

How about you? What’s your small group up to?

Are you in Kathy’s boat, hoping your small group will expand and take on a new project? Have you been writing reflections like Janine on a blog? We want to hear all about it. Let us know in the comments or by emailing info@localcircles.org. Thanks!