Mutual Aid

Below find a list of activities and session modules focused on mutual aid.  Some of these appear in the six session curriculum; others can be used once your group has finished it.

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Faith Advocates for Jobs, Interfaith Worker Justice

Posted October 14, 2011

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

Posted May 25, 2011

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

Posted May 20, 2011

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

Posted May 20, 2011

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

Posted May 18, 2011

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

Posted April 12, 2011

Peak Moment Television online offers a wealth of examples of real action in community.
Cookbook: Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley

Posted April 12, 2011

A great cookbook for eating cheap and healthy in hard times
Workbook: Personal Safety Nets

Posted April 10, 2011

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

Posted April 10, 2011

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

Posted April 10, 2011

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

Posted April 10, 2011

Pink Slip Mixers are hundreds of professional, mid- to upper-level executives who are (might be) victims of the “economic downturn” of 2008.
Organize an Underemployed/Anxiously Employed Support Group

Posted April 10, 2011

In some communities, folks who are unemployed or anxiously underemployed maintain an ongoing club to support one another.
Session 5: Offerings of Gifts and Needs

Posted March 14, 2011

Activity #1  Offerings of Gifts and Needs (40 minutes total) A.  Offering (20) The club’s homework for this session included making lists or cards of “gifts you have to offer” and “things you need.”  Explain that we will go around and have people briefly offer up their Gifts and Needs in turn. Open this section […]
31 Ways to Jumpstart the Local Economy by Sarah Van Gelder

Posted March 6, 2011

AT HOME Rent out a room in your home, or swap space for gardening, child or elder care, or carpentry. Buy less so you can buy higher quality. Buy from companies that “internalize” costs by passing along to you the cost of living wages, low carbon footprints, or organic production. Take your money out of […]
Time Banking: An Option for Building Communities Large and Small

Posted December 1, 2009

Bartering—the exchange of goods and services without the intermediary of currency—is the oldest form of commerce. Local economies, using barter or a local currency as a means of exchange, were the norm for most of human history. It’s only recently that we are involved in selling and purchasing in a global economy, which is naturally […]