How To Start A Circle

Are you ready to move beyond the headlines?  Have discussions, not heated debates?  Start a Policy Circle in your community.  

The Policy Circle makes it easy to bring women from your community together for meaningful conversation about policy.  You don’t need to be a policy expert or politically active; you just need a mind of your own and a desire to develop your views.  Gather a small group of women to read a policy brief and discuss.  Our website provides the all tools you need.

Who is in a Policy Circle?  Women who…..

  • Value open dialogue and enjoy learning from others
  • Believe free-enterprise creates the best opportunities for all to pursue their dreams and improve their lives
  • Know every woman has the potential to learn about and influence policy

When you and a friend organize a Circle, you will have access to policy materials for your discussion and a website to help you personalize, start, manage and grow your Circle.

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How do Circles work?

To form a Circle, you and a friend bring together a group of women to:

Read Policy Brief, available from the Policy Circle website, that summarizes the work of leading scholars in policy areas such as economic growth, healthcare and education among others (we agree to a truce on divisive and distracting social issues).

Gather in a home, a coffee shop or any convenient location where you can come together and engage in conversation.   The location can rotate among Circle members or be consistent.  It’s up to you!

Discuss the brief you’ve read, using discussion guides and a proven meeting format that ensures every women has a chance to speak and be heard.   Women learn from one another through dialogue and sharing personal experiences — you will be amazed at the rich level of conversation.  Everyone has some thing to offer.

 

What do Circle Leaders do?

Circle Leaders assemble their group, choose the topics they would like to discuss and host four to five discussions per year.  (Some Circles choose to meet monthly –  it’s up to you!)  Through its website, The Policy Circle provides helpful tools, checklists, templates and topics available to Circle Leaders to make it easy, interactive and educational.   For example, you can send event invitations, find tips and tricks for hosting a discussion and post discussion a summary for members all from the website.

What is available to assist me in leading my Circle?

The Policy Circle website features many helpful and useful tools such as:

  • The ability to send event invitations and manage RSVPs
  • A Circle website page so you and Circle members can communicate through posts and emails
  • “Year of Conversation” topic suggestions and corresponding discussion guides
  • A suggested curriculum to follow for the first year of conversations and beyond
  • Optional monthly web conferences to share best practices and questions with other Circle Leaders
  • Discussion planning tools and templates

The Policy Circle also hosts an annual conference where Circle Leaders can network, learn, and exchange experiences.  The Policy Circle also has relationships with a network of state-level policy organizations so you can learn about state specific issues and information.

Why become a Circle Leader?

Because you want to speak up —  not be silent — and encourage others to do the same.  You want to engage in civilized discussion not heated debate.  You want to make a ripple in your pond.

Here is what one Policy Circle member said after attending her first meeting:

“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 look forward to exploring issues and identifying ways we can all pitch in to make a difference.”

-Lisa F.

Ready to make a ripple in your pond?

Start a Circle by clicking below.

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