You are not alone if you share the belief that free market practices and policies create greater opportunities, provide more choices and help develop fulfilling and rewarding lives for everyone, especially the most vulnerable in our community.
The Policy Circle is a non partisan 501(c)(3), cultural organization that seeks to build a grassroots network of “circles” for women to meet, learn, and to share ideas around these core principles.
Ok. How does it work?
By coming together in Circles to discuss fact-based research, women learn from each other and gain the confidence to articulate their views on a wide range of issues. A Circle can be easily started by two to three women, who then each invite two to three women to participate. You will be surprised by who comes and who wants to engage on issues.
The Policy Circle provides a framework of meeting timing and discussion topics, related Policy Briefs and guidance for how to hold conversations. Partnerships with state-based think tanks provide relevant state-specific content. Circles are provided a vision and a platform that enables each member to engage with her Circle about the concerns in her community, her state and the nation.
What is it like to be part of a Circle?
Here’s a quote from Lisa who is part of a Wilmette, Illinois, Circle that calls itself the Rose Friedman Society:
“Thank you for hosting us last night. More importantly, thank you for having the vision to organize this group. I can’t tell you how inspiring it is to have an outlet for intelligent, constructive and educational conversation about the serious issues we all face today. For so long, I have silently worried about where our state and country is headed and, as an individual, the problem seems overwhelmingly impossible to tackle. With others, there is strength and power – both in ideas and actions – and, suddenly, the potential for change seems very possible.
I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and all of the wonderful women of Rose Friedman. I look forward to exploring issues and identifying ways we can all pitch in to make a difference.”
What about social issues? Those can be so divisive.
All members agree to adhere to the Policy Circle Core Principles. On social issues, we think the former Governor of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, has the right idea.
“I submit the suggestion temporarily to set aside our social issues only as a matter of prioritization in the face of what I believe to be a genuine emergency, and in the cause of assembling the extraordinarily broad coalition that will be needed to do “the impossible.” If America goes broke, suffering will come to gays and straights, men and women, pro-life and pro-choice advocates, and to people of all races.”
Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.175 & 178