Progressive social movements don’t often take inspiration from conservative megachurches. But their lessons about organizational structure may be worth a second look.
Resilience Circles / Common Security Clubs
Resilience Circles are also called Common Security Clubs. They are groups of people who have come together to support each other in hard times by offering mutual aid, taking social action, and learning about the economic forces that impact their lives.
Ordinary, introverted Jennifer Robinson helped convince her town to officially oppose the Supreme Court decision. You can, too, with a little help from your friends.
Religious congregations are embracing a new role: economic support groups.
My neighbors and I know we can’t go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?
It’s not about deadbolts and surveillance cameras—it’s about having people you can turn to for help.
How to overcome the obstacles and cultivate a caring, supportive community group in the face of tough economic times.
Connie Allen started a support group for friends adjusting to smaller incomes.
How members of Common Security Clubs help each other relearn how to live in community.
Without the support of others, we get drained, we burn out, we sit out elections, or we vote our fears. With it, we can make real change.
How can Transition Towns and Common Security Clubs help us navigate a changing economy and environment?
With more workers facing long-term joblessness, the unemployed are working together for change.
When a water main broke, Bostonians got a glimpse of the best and worst responses to a disruption in the flow of a basic necessity.
As the price of college skyrockets, a new book looks to “edupunk” alternatives.
Building a new economy is tough. One group of neighbors decided to do it together.
Sharing our stories of tough times can help us discover that we're not facing them alone—and that we can support each other in building a society that works for everyone.