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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

agenda
Agenda
  • NeighborCircles-Overview
  • 1st Dinner
  • Lunch- Conversation with NeighborCircle hosts and facilitators
  • 2nd Dinner
  • 3rd Dinner
  • Next Steps
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
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