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Moving to a Poverty Reduction System

The changes in baby boomer demographics, the increase in automation, as well as the lightning-speed changes in the economy, demand a new center of gravity to qualify the growing, unqualified, phantom workforce quickly. No longer can we let the problems of poverty to be left to be managed alone by nonprofit and government agencies. Solving poverty is now an economic development imperative. To scale Circles and complementary high-impact strategies will take elegant design processes to move from a “poverty management” system to a poverty reduction system.

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Can We Believe in Ending Poverty?

I was in New York City a few years ago having a conversation with a former United Nations Ambassador about […]

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AARP Well-Being Champion, Scott Miller

I am honored to be named by the AARP Public Policy Institute, along with 9 other community leaders (all of […]

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Amazon’s Raise of Minimum Wage is ALMOST Good News

Amazon’s raise of full and part-time minimum wage to $15/hour is ALMOST good news. But businesses and policymakers on both […]

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The Four Faces of a Clock Tower and our Economy

This past January, my friend Chris and I flew to my brother’s home in Florida to pick up a family […]

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Love as the most practical pursuit

Most Americans spend the first 2/3rds of their life earning enough income to build up an arsenal of stuff, only […]

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Dorothy, Circles, and The Hero’s Journey

Sometimes the worst time of our life sets us up for the best time of our life. By looking at mythological stories from around the world and throughout history, Joseph Campbell mapped out the universal story that all humans live and called it the Hero’s Journey. The Wizard of Oz is an iconic Hero’s Journey.

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When Elders Get into the Hooch

On the second evening of our international Circles Conference in Pittsburgh, I was having dinner with Vince, Sarah, Gena, and […]

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Work requirement and the “Safety Net.”

President Donald Trump signed an executive order that aims to add work requirements for Medicaid and other welfare programs.  Will this help to reduce poverty or make it worse? 

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March 2017 Impact Report

This report measures our success in key strategic areas related to achieving a major reduction in poverty. The data is collected from Chapters across North America America and is compiled by Circles USA.

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Philanthropy Magazine Article

“The Roundtable is the leading voice in philanthropy for objectivity, integrity, open-mindedness, and stewardship with a commitment to measurable results.” […]

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The Election

This week’s election has awakened me from a certain amount of sleepwalking. Even though I pay attention to national and global affairs, I often don’t take the time to register the weight of the seismic events affecting our world. I have remained emotionally detached from the churning, suffering, and momentous upheaval that is the reality for so many people.

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Evaluating Paul Ryan’s Plan “A Better Way”

It is obvious that the poverty and economic pain felt, especially in rural communities, influenced the results of the election, much to everyone’s surprise (especially in the pollster business).

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Circles USA Featured on CNN

The Circles USA® Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Operating in communities around the country, each Circles USA® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities. With the help and friendship of their allies, each family sets and achieves goals unique to their own needs.

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Circles USA Campaign to End Poverty

The Circles® Campaign is a transformational approach that partners volunteers and community leaders with families wanting to make the journey out of poverty. Operating in communities around the country, each Circles® initiative consists of families working to get out of poverty and several middle and upper income Allies who befriend them and lend support. The family is the Circle Leader, setting direction for activities.

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Ted Talk: Circles USA Founder, Scott C. Miller

Scott Miller

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Circles USA 2016 Mid-Year Impact Report

Full Report: Circles USA Mid-Year 2016 Impact Report WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO END POVERTY? After 24 years of research, experimentation, […]

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“When Helping Hurts” by Steve Corbett

When Helping Hurts has sold more than 225,000 copies is considered a classic on the subject of the role faith based […]

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Circles Inquiry

Thank you for your interest in exploring Circles as a solution to poverty in your community! Once you submit the […]

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2016 Circles Award Winners!

At the closing session of the CUSA National Leadership Conference, the 2016 Circles award winners were announced. Each award represents the incredible work happening at Circles chapters across North America.

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2016 National Conference Wrap Up

We want to thank everyone who was able to come to the 2016 Circles USA conference, and to all of […]

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Next Hands On Training is June 15-17 (Rogers, AR)

The next Hands On Training is June 15-17, 2016 in Rogers, AR.  When you follow the registration link you will receive all the details including […]

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Let Us Help You With Data Reporting

Sample Report from Columbus, Georgia. Impressive! Based on 50 Enrolled Circle Leaders 70% who now have completed 6 months, 40% […]

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Road Map to Responsibility Handouts Free For Circles Chapters

Larry Thompson, author of Roadmap to Responsibility and the 2016 Circles Conference keynote has graciously shared his “Give ‘em Five” and “Key’s for Conversations” handouts for use within Circles only.

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The Tipping Point & Poverty

.The Tipping Point & Circles USA’s Role Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of […]

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Bring Circles to Your Community!

Circles USA engages with communities by supporting these four stages of development: ASSESSMENT—Asking questions: “Is Circles right for our community? […]

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Standing Room Only to Hear “What Employers Wish You Knew”

Career Success Begins and Ends With Meeting Employer Expectations Denver, CO, July 1, 2015 – JobLingo founder and CEO, Jan […]

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Understanding the “Cliff Effects”

Dr. Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., a University of Arkansas professor prepared a summary on the “Cliff Effects.” The full report […]

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Circles USA Children’s Curriculum: Empowering a Two-Generation Approach

  Circles USA is excited to announce the kickoff of the Children’s Curriculum Pilot on July 13th with 6 different […]

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CEO & Founder of CUSA will be Speaking at the National Conference in D.C.

Scott Miller, CEO & Founder of Circles USA will be speaking at A Wider Circle National Conference on Ending Poverty […]

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Joblingo Presenting Pre-Conference Training

Dr. Jan McCormick will be presenting Job-Lingo Training on Monday April 20th, 2015 from 1pm-4:30pm. Dr. McCormick has offered to […]

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Circles®USA Partners With JobLingo™

Contact: Alex Cisneros Marketing & Communications                             […]

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Circles on NPR: A ‘Circle’ Of Support…

A ‘Circle’ Of Support Helps Families Stay Out Of Poverty – Click the player for audio.   Go around the […]

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Circles program founder optimistic for Chanute success

By Joshua Vail, ChanuteTribune reporter Circles program founder Scott Miller was impressed with the turnout at several meetings he had […]

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Walmart Makes Major Investment in Circles USA

The Circles model rallies and unites people, resources and influence across lines of race and class to help end poverty […]

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