Resilience Circle? What’s that?

Please come to our Introduction to Resilience Circles on Friday March 8th at 7:30 pm (for 90 minutes) at 943 Madison Street, Albany. RSVP requested. 510-528-2261 or Thank you.


Resilience Circles, from a previous article by Gary Horvitz

We are in the midst of multiple unfolding crises: the ongoing effects of the financial meltdown that started three years ago, climate change, the sunset of the fossil fuel era, pollution, and a political process corrupted by money that can’t seem to address any of it properly.  I don’t truly believe any of it can be addressed without looking at the system of exchange that got us here: the debt-based money economy that has to keep growing to survive.


Regardless of our individual circumstances, this economy is challenging all of us in different ways; some surely more than others. Can we begin to break the taboos against sharing our personal issues? Can we grow a living community in which gifts move freely? Can we design a world that includes our authentic participation as conscious caring human beings? We can and we must. This is what Resilience Circles are  about. They are a step toward sharing, (re) building and addressing our deeply held habits and views about money and wealth and at the same time realizing our yearnings for a different way of living.


The Resilience Circle Network (also called the Common Security Club Network) is a pilot project of the Institute for Policy Studies Program on Inequality and the Common Good.

Circles of 15-20 people are appearing all over the country now. The program includes seven meetings with a wide-ranging curriculum that provides a starting point for learning and exploring creative mutual aid in these challenging times.


Everyone I talk to lately is saying and wanting the same thing. They want community, a sense of connection with their neighbors and they want to a lifestyle of mutual sharing and reliance. The opportunity we have at this moment is to create that world.

Gary Horvitz

Please contact transitionalbanyca at gmail dot com if you would like to organize or attend an Introductory Session near you. Thank you!

A Brit who came to the US in 1988 and found California and the Transition movement to be a perfect fit. Now my life is replete with a dear husband, a small but productive permaculture backyard, a loving family and a very full calendar of work I love.

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Posted in Economy, Local Activities on January 6, 2012
One comment on “Resilience Circle? What’s that?
  1. Laurie says:

    Thank you for a thoughtful afternoon about the bees! There are some remarkable people in this community.