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Developing Community Resilience in Tough Times

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We face troubled times with a wide variety of issues that threaten our survival. To name a few of these issues:

    • Decreased fossil fuel

    • Increased pollution to the point that we are probably facing major die offs

    • A corporate owned government system that is intent on destroying the planet for the sake of the profits of a few, the so called 1% identified in the 99% movement.

    • Decreasing freedom in a system of governance that is looking more and more like a fascist police state

    • School systems that care nothing about the evolutionary potential inherent in every child. These school systems instead focus on brainwashing our children into a state in which they will be "good" performers for the corporations and their underling government. One of the bill behind these school systems is called "The No Child Left Behind Act." What this really means is that no poor child (forget the middle class, they are almost extinct) is left behind. What is it we want to make sure our impoverished children are not left behind from? Could it be that they are afraid they will leave behind a system of slavery to the Corporations and, instead, be good little workers slaving their little bodies to the bones while working long hours with no benefits or pay? (See author's note)

A Resilience Circle is a small group of 10 -- 20 people that comes together to increase personal security during these challenging times. Circles have three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action. The objectives of the Circle is to:

  • Courageously face our economic and ecological challenges, learning together about root causes.

  • Build relationships and undertake concrete steps for mutual aid and shared action.

  • Rediscover the abundance of what we have and recognize the possibility of a better future.

  • See ourselves as part of a larger effort to create a fair and healthy economy that works for everyone in harmony with the planet.

  • Get to know our neighbors, find inspiration, and have fun!

Learning -- A Resilience Circle is a place to face the real nature of our economic and ecological challenges. Facing these realities may be overwhelming for isolated individuals, so a Circle is a place to learn with a supportive community. We analyze the economy to expose its structural flaws, and ask if "growth" is really the only way to create financial security.

Mutual Aid -- Resilience Circles take concrete steps toward enhancing personal security by slowly stretching our "mutual aid muscles," which are often badly out of shape. In Session 5 we exchange "gifts and needs," where participants write down things they can offer -- such sewing skills, tools, or child care -- and things they need. During this activity we gain a new sense of the wealth and abundance present within the group and the community.

Social Action -- Many of our challenges won't be solved through personal or local mutual aid efforts alone. They require us to work together to press for larger state, national and even global changes. While there is no official Resilience Circle social action agenda, many groups choose to take action based on their own values and interests.

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Burl Hall is a retired counselor who is living in a Senior Citizen Housing apartment. Burl has one book to his credit, titled "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal our Wounded Nature." For more information, search the book on Amazon. (more...)
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