Nurturing Community Bonds Through Sharing Circles (Joe Cole)

Presented by Joe Cole

Session Description

Successful groups have strong interpersonal bonds and a high level of emotional resilience that allows them to navigate the challenges of building community. How did they get there? Just as communities give time and attention to building and maintaining their physical infrastructure, it’s essential for groups to nurture their cultural and emotional infrastructure as well. Sharing Circles are a highly effective meeting format for strengthening interpersonal bonds and building emotional resilience. In a Sharing Circle, members can check in about what’s going on in their lives; reflect together on significant dates and anniversaries; share appreciations for one another; and process conflict and difficult emotions with one another. In this session, we will experience a Sharing Circle together, and we will explore the many ways the Sharing Circle format can be used in small and large-group settings to expand our interpersonal connections, build group resilience, and deepen our sense of community.

About the Presenter

Joe Cole is a Facilitator and Consultant for communities and non-profit organizations. Joe has trained in Integrative Facilitation with Laird Schaub and Ma'ikwe Ludwig, and in World Work with Arnold and Amy Mindell. Joe has a Ph.D. in Philosophy, and is a Visiting Instructor at UNC-Greensboro and N.C. State University. He was one of the original residents of Pacifica Cohousing Community, and is a member of Hart’s Mill Ecovillage, a community forming in Orange County, North Carolina.