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Facilitate a Circle

If you have experience leading small groups, you can facilitate a Resilience Circle. You don’t have to be an “expert” in the economy, the environment, or anything else. Below are notes on how to facilitate a Circle. Keep in mind: Visit the section on Organizing a Circle for guidance on getting a circle together: finding participants, […]

Three Common Security Clubs at Economy Ground Zero

“I can offer, but I can’t receive,” lamented Barbara to her Resilience Circle in Portland, Oregon.  She was facing a difficult move, alone, and her group was trying to persuade her to accept their help.  She seemed both embarassed, and ashamed of feeling embarassed. “It takes all five sessions {of the CSC curriculum} to get […]

Simple Christmas?

What if you don’t give your kids the Christmas they deserve? (We know they deserve it because they are wonderful, as all kids are wonderful.) What if they wake up on December 25 at five am and discover that they didn’t get the new Nintendo, the American Girls Doll, this year’s i-whatever? What if you […]

Is it Really Better to Give than to Receive?

Our National Fear of Neediness Jared Gardner represents our west-coast “hub” of Resilience Circle organizing, having been responsible for getting four Portland groups up and running.  I was talking to Jared last week about the groups when he mentioned an issue that’s a recurring theme among CSC facilitators. One of his group members needed to […]

A Neighborhood Stands Its Ground

Boston Community Organizers Fight Foreclosure and Eviction—Successfully! In a Boston neighborhood, a nonprofit called City Life/Vida Urbana is fighting foreclosure and eviction, home by home.  Staffed largely by volunteers, including lawyers, organizers and ordinary homeowners who have been threatened with home loss, CLVU has one of the most successful rates of retaining homes for both […]

Who Has Your Back? Personal Safety Nets for Life’s Falls

Eileen had to escape from an abusive relationship, but felt overwhelmed and afraid.  She consented to her friend Donna pulling together a “personal safety net” team, starting with a practical Excel spreadsheet of names and contact information of friends who would help her with the transition. “I was in tears as we met to compile […]

Youth Edition of the Facilitator’s Guide Available

Thanks to our studious and charming intern Evan Easterbrooks-Dick, we were able to spend part of the summer researching the specific economic issues that effect young people (between the ages of the 18 and 30, approximately).  Unlike any previous generation, young people today are leaving school with tremendous burdens that affect the success of their […]

A Voice from Ramadan

Ramadan in Dunkin Donuts This story comes from Adnan Onart, a Turkish Muslim living in Boston, Massachusetts, who is a member of the Resilience Circle Network. He and his wife are active members of a Unitarian-Universalist congregation where, he says, they can best live out their Muslim faith. He recites his poem, “Ramadan in Dunkin […]

“Community in Challenging Times”: A Midwestern Church Steps Up to the Plate

A Midwestern Church Steps Up to the Plate Michael Greenman seemed a little amused at the question of why he organized his church around the needs of its own community just after the “economic meltdown” of 2008. “I’m an activist. I saw a need and nobody was addressing it.” First Church Unitarian Universalist in Columbus, […]

A New Partnership: Your Money or Your Life

While many Clubs took the summer off, we were busy doing outreach that has led to a lot of new relationships. Vicki Robin and Monique Tilford, co-authors of Your Money or Your Life, stopped in for a workshop we gave on the Resilience Circle at the Jamaica Plain Forum in June, and charmed our audience! […]