Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A) is inviting communities to join in kicking off the NH statewide Study Circle season for 2014. These discussion courses focus on topics ranging from Voluntary Simplicity, Choices for Sustainable Living, Menu for the Future, Discovering a Sense of Place, A World of Health, and other topics based on creative and interactive curriculum from then Northwest Earth Institute. The groups behave like temporary book or reading clubs with a focus on healthy, wholesome, and ecologically attuned living.
This is a great opportunity to engage a group of loosely connected friends, civic organization, town committee, or business affiliates to come together as peers to connect, reflect and act on what matters most. Whether you convene a group in your faith community, neighborhood, school, with friends and family members, or at work, G.A.L.A. is committed to assisting you in getting started right away. The groups often lead to small scale changes that together can help us move toward a more sustainable and resilient New Hampshire!
G.A.L.A. is available to coach community leaders who are willing to be local “organizer” by providing sample press releases, sign up sheets, outreach posters, and course orientation assistance. Each community organizers is responsible for coordinating a group of 6-12 interested participants and finding a venue that is willing to host the 1.5 hour weekly meetings for the duration of the course, which can be anywhere from 3-8 weeks depending on the topic. The organizer’s role is complete after the first meeting where rotating facilitator roles are assigned so the group becomes self-governing and so that all voices are heard and valued. Each course ends with a celebration on the final week.
So what’s there to wait for? Begin sharing reflections and experiences prompted by a thoughtful compilation of book experts, narratives, visuals, poems, and even some comical relief!
If you’re looking for a way to keep your group engaged during the “off-season”, or feeling like your community needs a little nudge along the path of positive change, G.A.L.A. is here to help support you with anything you may need to get started. Learn more here to get started today!