Archive for Curriculum

Visualizing the Future – 2040

It’s 2040 in the United States, and the changes over the past 30 years have been dramatic. Things began to unravel in 2008, when the US economy took a first hard hit, followed by the economies of much of the developed world.  After a bumpy ride through the next decade, it became clear that peak […]

Homework for Session 3: Toward a Vision of Security, by Linda Schmoldt

You get up in the morning to a house that is appropriately warm or cool. You can turn on the heat o air conditioning because you know you can afford it and that the earth can afford it since it is powered by a renewable source of energy.

Action Ideas: Budgeting & Debt Reduction

Resilience Circles can be a place where we support one another to get our personal financial situations in better shape. Below are some of the activities that clubs have done to support one another. 1. Assess Your Debt Take inventory of your debt.  Is your debt a serious issue?  Take this confidential Debtor’s Anonymous quiz […]

Homework for Session 7: What’s Next?

Ways to continue our learning, mutual aid, and social action I.  Continue Meeting Regularly II.  Embark on Projects/Activities Some circles decide to meet twice per month following the completion of the curriculum.  The first monthly meeting is discussion focused, and the second is an “activity day,” such as a workshop to learn a new skill  […]

Session 1: The Phantom Economy

Part 2: The Phantom Economy Our economy is going through a fundamental transition.   We had economic growth based on borrowing.  That is over.  Over the last couple decades, the fastest growing part of the economy was “finance” (banks, lending, investments).  According to experts, fantastic amounts of wealth were created.  But how much of this was […]

Session 6: The Emerging New Economy – Summaries of Korten and Schor

ATTACHMENT 6-2 Read Aloud Living In A New Economy   From David Korten, Agenda for a New Economy We do, in fact, have the means to create an economy that fulfills six criteria of economic health.  Such an economy would: 1. Provide everyone with the opportunity for a healthy, dignified, and fulfilling life. 2. Bring […]

Session 5: Jay Walljasper, “Fork in the Road: City of Cato”

ATTACHMENT 5-6 Read Aloud Fork in the Road:  City of Cato Excerpt from Jay Walljasper:  State of the Commons 2035, Notre Dame University Magazine, Summer 2010.   … The rediscovery of the commons prompted people to think more about what really mattered to them. This cultural shift can be seen most vividly in a town […]

Session 5: Three Stories of the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-5 Read Aloud Three Stories of the Commons First Reader:  Water Water is one of the most ancient and important commons we have.  Do you have memories of a favorite swimming hole or spring?  Did you grow up watering a vegetable garden or playing in the spray of a hose?     From communal wells […]

Session 5: Examples of the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-4 Examples of the Commons     Water                                               Downtown Air                                                     Public Health and Sanitation The Airwaves                                  Shakespeare National and Public Parks             The Oceans Sidewalks                                        Quiet Genetics                                          History Seeds                                              The Night Sky Blood Banks                                    Social Security Community Gardens                      Crafts Bees                                                 Scientific Knowledge Jazz                                                  Folk Tales Libraries                                           Mass Transit Artistic Traditions                            Neighborhood Groups Fire Departments                            Non-Profit […]

Session 5: What is the Commons

ATTACHMENT 5-3 What Is The Commons?   The Commons is the vast wealth of natural and human achievement that we inherit together and have an obligation to pass on, undiminished, to future generations. The Commons is like a river with three tributaries: nature-based, culture-based, and community/societal.  The natural commons includes air, water, seeds, and biodiversity.  […]