Local Circle

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Local Circle Purpose Statement

To create a circle of communication within our local community made up of a diverse group of people. To share our concerns, ideas, and values. To become aware of our community at a level that is beyond race, gender, class, religion, education level, and political party. To understand the issues that are brought to our attention through the media and politics with a broader perspective.

An additional outcome of the Local Circle is that members introduce each other to a possibly state-wide, national, and/or global issue that affects us in Longmont, and informs us of ways to locally participate and/or affect that issue. Each member could participate further in the community working on that issue.

Local Circle Community

This Local Circle community is centered in Longmont, Colorado: Our neighborhood, the neighborhood across the creek, the apartments downtown, the subdivision across town, and so on. It also includes anyone who is interested in this concept and wishes to hear or speak on issues that are of interest to this Local Circle community.

Local Circle Method

To invite community members to gather on the third Thursday of the month at a member’s home, which will be chosen on a rotating basis, or at a neighborhood venue, such as a coffee house or library. To discuss an issue that at least one member holds dear and at least two other members wish to learn more about. We will keep a list of issues that members would like to present, and then poll members through the web site to determine if two other members of the group are interested in discussing an issue. We will attempt to rotate through all the members who wish to present an issue so that no one member presents at two meetings in a row. We will keep track of meetings, issues, and comments on the Local Circle forum at the web site, http://electricrider.net/drupal/?q=forum/27.

If a poll is presented and no one responds, Ellen or the coordinator for that specific meeting will make a command decision whether to have the issue presented or not.

Local Circle Issues

Local Circle issues are problems that do not have an obvious solution and that we, as individuals, cannot solve alone. These issues affect us personally as well as the community in which we live. We encourage members to propose ideas for issues even if they don’t see an obvious connection to the community. We may find that, after airing the idea, the issue does affect the entire community! You can find examples of issues discussed at previous meetings here (http://electricrider.net/drupal/?q=forum/27)

At times, there will be no obvious issues to discuss. If this happens, we will meet for either an open discussion/chat, a field trip, or for non-issue-related purposes per approval of at least two members of the group (or command decision by Ellen or meeting coordinator if no response has been received.)

Local Circle Discussions

During Local Circle discussions, the presenter will include a definition of the issue and why it is important to him or her as well as to the community. The presenter may also include his or her personal experience in regards to the issue and the larger significance of the issue. Please send Ellen by email a short thesis/issue statement for your talk beforehand so she can communicate it to the members.

The presentation should be no longer than an hour including questions. It is up to the presenter whether to hold questions until the end or allow question during the presentation. We encourage you to make a handout to pass out at the discussion. After the discussion, please send a summary of the talk to Ellen so she can post it. You can find examples of summaries here (http://electricrider.net/drupal/?q=forum/27)

In general, the first thirty minutes is for settling and socializing, eating and drinking. The last half hour is for chatting informally after the talk. This arrangement can change if needed for the speaker or audience if schedules require it.

TOPICS Presented at Past Meetings:
The topics that have gone before are:

* Sustainability -- what is it and why should we care?
* Parenting teens -- Tough love or coddling?
* What community means to us: why is it important
* Is our water clean? If not, how is it effecting us in the community?
* Katrina and the ecological, economic, and political issues surrounding the rebuilding of New Orleans
* Critical Thinking: what is it, why is it important, and am I using it?
* Field Trip: The Council on World Affairs held on CU campus
* self-awareness and self-care
* How to Save the World with a Think Tank
* What You Need to Know about Health Care Reform.
* Handling Grief, especially the loss of a child
* Do we need to worry about a flood in Boulder County?
* The Omnivore's Dilemma: what am I eating?
* In Defense of Food: Given the Omnivore's Dilemma, what should I eat?
* Biofuels: green, local, but perhaps unsustainable?

Ellen's picture

Re: democratic circle

I think we could broaden the definition to include meeting at other places, such as Vic's Espresso, so that members do not have to host meetings at their homes.

Ellen's picture

Re: democratic circle

Under "democratic circle issues" I added:

They are problems we cannot solve by ourselves.

Ellen's picture

Re: democratic circle

I have updated this page per the discussion at today's democratic circle meeting. I have added pseudo links to examples that don't exist yet, but will shortly. I clarified the language a bit as people suggested and changed some of the definitions as we decided together. (Present at meeting were: Darcy, Linda, Karen, and Ellen.)

Ellen's picture

Re: democratic circle

I've updated the forum and this group definition page to reflect our new name, "Local Circle," and to clarify the more informal nature of our group, i.e., reflecting that we are no longer advertising to the general public and are encouraging invitating friends and aquaintences who we think would enjoy and benefit from our circle. Also, I've changed the wording to show that we will meet sometimes even though we do not have an "issue" as defined in the definition of our group. We will sometimes meeting for open discussion, a field trip, or perhaps a non-issue topic discussion. We want to emphasize communication even if no one is ready for a formal presentation.