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The “Successful” Small Group – What the Heck Does That Mean?

I once heard from a Resilience Circle facilitator in Michigan that his group “hadn’t really worked out.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “Well, all we did was start a community vegetable garden.” What? I was flabbergasted. I tried to assure him that in my mind, at least, his group was a huge success. After […]

Resilience Circles help Communities Recover from Extreme Weather

With many Americans only recently recovered from extreme weather, transportation challenges, and power and communications outages, some explore ways to strengthen local circles of support

How to Build the “New Economy” in Your Community

While there are many paths, it’s clear that we all need to be on one, not just “experts” or leaders. Everyone has something to contribute to the new economy, and every contribution is essential.

August 7 – Webinar: Small Group Organizing 101

Please join us for a webinar about small group organizing on Tuesday, August 7 at 3pm ET/12pm PT. We’ll talk about how to start a Resilience Circle or other small group for your community, including – how to talk about Resilience Circles and small groups with others – finding participants through base communities and the […]

What’s Your Small Group Up To?

~ 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 […]

How Small Groups Can Power Big Change: It’s Time to Form an Affinity Group

An affinity group is a small group of people who support each other and work together to change the world.

What is An Affinity Group?

Download as a PDF What is an Affinity Group? An affinity group is a small group of people who support each other and work together to change the world. Social activism can be tough work. Acting alone, we may feel powerless to create real change. An affinity group can provide practical support as well as […]

Five Tips for Forming an Affinity Group

Download as a PDF 1. Start where you are. Can you think of five people who might want to form an affinity group? Congratulations, you’re half-way there! Bring those five folks together for dinner to talk about reaching five more. Can you think of three, or just one? That’s okay! Do the same thing – […]

Corporations Are Not People! Bank of America Showdown, Redwood City, CA

If corporations are people, can they get married? The Mid-Peninsula America Dream Council sponsored this creative direct action with members of the Redwood City Resilience Circle.

June 5 – Webinar: Small Group Organizing 101

Please join us for a webinar about small group organizing on Tuesday, June 5 at 3pm ET/ 12pm PT. We’ll talk about how to start a Resilience Circle or other small group for your community, including – how to talk about Resilience Circles and small groups with others – finding participants through base communities and […]