Among individuals and communities across the globe, there is growing recognition that learning to better care for the Earth is essential, for our own good, and the good of all future generations. Together, communities of like-minded individuals are taking steps to build respect and protection for the gifts of the world around us. But the problem isn't only changing minds; it's also changing deeply engrained behaviors.
Since 2007 HoCo Climate Change, working in partnership with Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI), has been helping to lead the curious and the motivated to take responsibility for Earth by facilitating Circles, which are organized study groups. We currently offer twelve study guides on core topics including food, health and voluntary simplicity. Each discussion course helps people engage in meaningful conversations that lead to “Aha!” moments about the way we live, work, create and consume.
Discussion circles typically allow 8 to12 people to learn together from a discussion guide of short essays, sharing ideas and experiences in an egalitarian and supportive environment.
Each week there is opportunity to put "theory into action", as participants discuss how the readings apply to their own lives. Circle members often commit to brief "action items", which they want to try between sessions. A final "Wrap Up" session is devoted to "next steps" that the group or individual members hope to do once the circle is complete.
Different discussion guides are available including "Change Is Our Choice", "Menu for the Future", "Hungry for Change", "Choices for Sustainable Living", "Voluntary Simplicity", and "World of Health". (Click here for a overview of the current discussion circle topics.) We also are happy to apply the same process to inspirational books, films, and other source material of your choice.
For details on discussion circles starting soon, click on "Upcoming Circles"
If you think that you would like to start a Circle with friends or acquaintances, we would be happy to support you in any way possible, from the the initial organizing process, through the end of the course and planning how to put your new-found knowledge into action. Simply email us at HoCoClimateChange.Circles@gmail.com.