Organizing Community-wide Study-Circles for Dialogue, Action and Change – A Step-by-step Guide

Organizing community-wide study circles is not an easy task, but with a little help you can be successful. Dozens of people – just like you – have organized successful community-wide study  circle programs in communities all over the country. This guide includes their suggestions, experiences, and questions.

This guide can be used in several ways. Read through it to get an understanding of the principles of a study circle organizing. Use it as you develop an organizing strategy, and keep it with you to refer to questions, tips, and sample documents on an ongoing basis. Share parts of it with those who are working with you to organize the program. (Remember, no one person can do this alone.)

Organizing community-wide study circles is more art than science.  An effective program is organized to fit the flavor of the community and the specifics of the issue. Yet many organizers have faced challenges similar to your own; we offer their lessons as a guide.  Adapt their tools to meet your community’s needs.


Read also: Organizing Study Circles with Young People

What Works – Study Circles in the Real World

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
This entry was posted in Community organizing, Facilitation, Participatory methods, Study circle and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s