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A Guide to NeighborCircles at Lawrence CommunityWorks. Alma Couverthie , Presenter Audrey Jordan, Co-presenter October 26, 2010 GRGM Webinar. Welcome!. Agenda. NeighborCircles-Overview 1 st Dinner Lunch- Conversation with NeighborCircle hosts and facilitators 2 nd Dinner

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A guide to neighborcircles at lawrence communityworks

A Guide to NeighborCircles at Lawrence CommunityWorks

Alma Couverthie, Presenter

Audrey Jordan, Co-presenter

October 26, 2010

GRGM Webinar


Welcome

Welcome!


Agenda

Agenda

  • NeighborCircles-Overview

  • 1st Dinner

  • Lunch- Conversation with NeighborCircle hosts and facilitators

  • 2nd Dinner

  • 3rd Dinner

  • Next Steps


Desired outcomes

Desired outcomes


Quick guide to neighborcircles

Quick Guide to NeighborCircles


What is a neighborcircle

What is a NeighborCircle?

  • 3 dinners where neighbors get to:

    • Know each other

    • Talk about the quality of life in the neighborhood, and

    • If the group wants, plan a small action or event that can help make and strengthen new relationships, while addressing an issue that the neighbors care about.


What a neighborcircle is not

What a NeighborCircle is not

  • A neighborhood association/club/crime watch generator-form follows function

  • A project/activity generator

  • A strategy to deliver an already set agenda - NeighborCircles is the process and participants put the content


Why we do neighborcircles

Why we do NeighborCircles?

  • To rebuild the fabric of our communities

  • To connect and support each other

  • To identify leaders or potential leaders

  • To make friends

  • To act together around a common purpose

  • To have fun!


Who is a neighborcircle

Who is a NeighborCircle?

  • The Facilitator

  • The Host

  • The Neighbors

  • The Organizer


Getting ready

Getting ready

Organizer:

  • Recruits and trains Facilitators and Hosts.

  • Secure the necessary equipment.

  • Meets with Organizer and Facilitator to set date and prepare logistics.

    Host:

  • Invite neighbors.

  • Send reminders or do reminder calls.

  • Set up the room (with Facilitators help.)

  • Prepare light appetizers.


Getting ready cont

Getting ready (cont)

Facilitator:

Works with the Organizer to identify and recruit hosts.

Work with Host to recruit participants.

Helps host get ready to host.

Neighbors:

Showing up and being present!


1 st dinner

1st. Dinner

  • Welcome

  • Logistics

  • Map exercise

  • Food, fun, good conversation

  • Assign “homework” for next dinner


Prepare for 2nd dinner

Prepare for 2nd Dinner

  • Debrief with Facilitator, Host and Organizer

  • Do reminder calls

  • Prepare for dinner (or potluck)


2nd dinner

2nd Dinner

  • Welcome

  • Review of last dinner

  • Brainstorming activity

  • Good discussion about quality of life

  • Find common ground

  • If the group wants, decide on an issue to work together to be planed at the third dinner (or they can plan a social activity)

    • Issue should be very specific

    • The group can do something to address it

    • Can be done in a short period of time

    • The group has, or can identify where to find resources.


Consensus

Consensus

Consensus means finding a proposal or solution that everyone is willing to support, even if they don’t agree with it.

Consensus is not a unanimous vote

“It isn’t exactly what I want but I can live with the decision and support it.”


Prepare for 3 rd dinner

Prepare for 3rd dinner

  • Debrief with Facilitator, Host, and Organizer

  • If there is willingness from the group to continue, review issues identified by the group as possible action items

  • Look for information of resources that may help the group

  • Do reminder calls

  • Prepare for dinner or potluck


3 rd dinner

3rd Dinner

  • Welcome

  • Object exercise

  • Review notes from last dinner

  • Smaller groups develop an action plan

  • Groups come back together, present and choose the best option.

  • Set next steps

  • Celebrate new friendships and pledge to continue the relationships


A guide to neighborcircles at lawrence communityworks

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