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Developing Community Resilience in Tough Times

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The Resilience Circle Network (also called the Common Security Circle Network) is a pilot project of the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good ( ). On the Commons ( ) has also provided resources to develop the curriculum.

We view our role as primarily helping organizers and facilitators who wish to start and sustain circles.  We are not trying to build a new organization or sell anything.

The Resilience Circles Organizer is Sarah Byrnes. Contact Sarah at Email address removed or 617.477.8630 x307.

To hear the interview the author and his wife did with two facilitators of Resilience Circle Networks please go to


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Conrad, one of the interviewees of the Envision This! show.


Author's Note: The opening paragraphs are the author's observations and are not necessarily the teachings of the Resilience Circle Network. The Resilience Network ultimately is related to the Transition Town Movement, which is primarily concerned with our ability to adapt to Peak Oil. Peak Oil for me is a representation of a cancerous mentality on the part of the "powers that be" that believes in unending growth. I use the term cancerous for this is exactly what it is.....growth gone wild. The belief system behind my thinking is holographic, which has been discussed by physicist David Bohm and neurologist Karl Pribram. In essence, the Holographic theory states that in every part is the whole. Thus, humans as cells upon the face of the Earth are indeed a cancerous growth destroying the planet. Just remember, if the body dies, so does the cancer. In our case, is it likely that cancer can become aware enough of itself to change? Deep question. Hope I get some feedback.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)

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WE are in deep trouble.  We have ongoing warf... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 5:04:37 PM
but I've been thinking about attempting to start a... by intotheabyss on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:08:26 PM
Thanks, the name....the abyss... by Burl Hall on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:04:13 AM
I signed up for the email news letter. I'll also b... by intotheabyss on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 7:13:18 AM
I remember this one time when my wife and I were j... by Ned Lud on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 6:53:26 AM
Thanks for the article Ned.  I'm pouring thro... by Burl Hall on Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 8:33:53 AM
This is such a wonderful idea! And I love that the... by Tsara Shelton on Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 at 1:21:11 AM
Thanks Tsara.  Is your name pronounced Sara o... by Burl Hall on Saturday, Sep 22, 2012 at 2:54:51 AM
You do pronounce the T.... it's like this 'Tsahrah... by Tsara Shelton on Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 11:33:31 AM
Thanks for sharing this Tsara,  I had forgott... by Burl Hall on Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 12:52:19 PM
The show was fun.  I've always been curious a... by Burl Hall on Sunday, Sep 23, 2012 at 1:04:15 PM