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Resilience Circles / Common Security Clubs

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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.

For more information, visit localcircles.org.

How Small Groups Can Power Big Change

How Small Groups Can Power Big Change

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at May 16, 2012 01:35 PM |

Progressive social movements don’t often take inspiration from conservative megachurches. But their lessons about organizational structure may be worth a second look.

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In Small Groups and Small Towns, Opposition to Citizens United Spreads

In Small Groups and Small Towns, Opposition to Citizens United Spreads

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Mar 22, 2012 04:10 PM |

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.

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Building a Resilient Congregation

Building a Resilient Congregation

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Jun 24, 2011 12:04 PM |

Religious congregations are embracing a new role: economic support groups.

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future

Don’t Get Fooled Again: Writing Our Own Economic Future

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Apr 20, 2011 05:45 PM |

My neighbors and I know we can't go back to the old economy. But what can we do to build a new one?

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What Makes Us Secure?

What Makes Us Secure?

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Mar 21, 2011 05:25 PM |

It's not about deadbolts and surveillance cameras—it's about having people you can turn to for help.

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In it Together: Organizing a Common Security Club

In it Together: Organizing a Common Security Club

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Feb 24, 2011 10:00 AM |

How to overcome the obstacles and cultivate a caring, supportive community group in the face of tough economic times.

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Learning to Live on Less

Learning to Live on Less

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Dec 23, 2010 01:05 AM |

Connie Allen started a support group for friends adjusting to smaller incomes.

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Relearning the Skills of Community

Relearning the Skills of Community

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Dec 01, 2010 10:50 AM |

How members of Common Security Clubs help each other relearn how to live in community.

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Can Small Group Organizing Save the Country?

Can Small Group Organizing Save the Country?

Posted by Sarah Byrnes at Nov 05, 2010 11:10 AM |

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.

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Support Groups for Hard Times

Support Groups for Hard Times

Posted by Chuck Collins at Oct 05, 2010 04:10 PM |

How can Transition Towns and Common Security Clubs help us navigate a changing economy and environment?

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Sticking Together in Tough Times

Sticking Together in Tough Times

Posted by Chuck Collins at Aug 10, 2010 04:00 PM |

With more workers facing long-term joblessness, the unemployed are working together for change.

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Dry Run: Bostonians Learn to Appreciate Clean Water

Dry Run: Bostonians Learn to Appreciate Clean Water

Posted by Chuck Collins at Jun 01, 2010 02:00 PM |

On May 1st, Bostonians got a remarkable glimpse of our water commons and how we might respond to future disruptions.

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DIY U

DIY U

Posted by Andrée Collier Zaleska at May 19, 2010 12:15 PM |

As the price of college skyrockets, a new book looks to "edupunk" alternatives.

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Neighbors for a New Economy

Neighbors for a New Economy

Posted by Chuck Collins at May 05, 2010 06:55 PM |

In Greenfield, Mass., a group of neighbors have formed a support group to face their changing world.

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Up By Our Bootstraps?

Up By Our Bootstraps?

Posted by Andrée Zaleska at Apr 14, 2010 12:23 PM |

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.

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No Car, No Problem

No Car, No Problem

Posted by Orion Kriegman at Apr 05, 2010 12:30 PM |

Car-free living not only cuts back on your greenhouse gas emissions. It also builds local community, brings families closer together, and helps support local economies.

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Church in Our Times: Spirit and Security in the Face of Crisis

Church in Our Times: Spirit and Security in the Face of Crisis

Posted by Andrée Zaleska at Mar 15, 2010 02:30 PM |

Churches are rediscovering their role as community centers, helping to relocalize and revitalize struggling communities.

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Living in Borrowed Times

Living in Borrowed Times

Posted by Chuck Collins at Mar 05, 2010 01:16 PM |

In common security clubs around the country, participants wrestle with the questions: What does it mean to live in these “borrowed times?” How do we prepare ourselves and our communities for the economic transitions ahead?

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When Clutter Contains Us

Posted by Andrée Collier Zaleska at Feb 26, 2010 03:30 PM |

Common Security Club members are reevaluating their relationships with the excess stuff in their lives.

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Economic Trouble? Join the Club

Economic Trouble? Join the Club

Posted by Andrée Collier Zaleska at Feb 12, 2010 04:34 PM |

How can we support each other through hard times? An update from Common Security Clubs in Portland, Boston, and Fort Lauderdale.

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