Archive for Mutual Aid

Faith Advocates for Jobs, Interfaith Worker Justice

The Resilience Circle Network is excited to partner with this new initiative of faith-based bodies working to serve the unemployed.

Make > Shift: From Finding a Job to Crafting a Livelihood

Make > Shift is a collaborative learning process that shifts attention at this time of job scarcity to the abundance of possibilities for meaningful work that can generate both income and community benefits.  Meeting seven times over a four-month period, participants brainstorm ideas for products and services stemming from current demographic and market trends – such […]

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 4: Ideas for Mutual Aid

Gather ideas for mutual aid projects through one of three ways. Your facilitator may choose just one of these for everyone, or ask different people to read different pieces. Visit the web page and browse the many ideas for “sharing” things, time, skills and more. Take note of any that interest you to share […]

Homework for Session 5: Offerings and Needs Activity

For the next session, bring in a list of Gifts (skills, time, tools, equipment, etc.) that you could make available to other group members, and Needs they would like to receive help with. At the end of Session 4, you should have decided with your circle if you will bring in lists, or write up […]

Videos: Peak Moment TV

Peak Moment Television online offers a wealth of examples of real action in community.

Cookbook: Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley

A great cookbook for eating cheap and healthy in hard times

Workbook: Personal Safety Nets

In this book by Judy Pigott and John W. Gibson entitled Personal Safety Nets: Getting Ready for Life’s Inevitable Changes and Challenges, the authors walk the reader through a plan for developing Care Share Teams for a person in crisis.

Bartering and Time Sharing

The Common Security Club Network has developed a one-session introduction to organizing a bartering system or time bank.

Activity: Personal Financial Makeovers

Individuals simply ask the facilitator to set aside time (20-60 minutes usually) to focus on a particular problem, decision or dilemma.